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The Fight Over How to Teach America’s Past Is Itself a Test

Benjamin Franklin didn’t coin the phrase that nothing can be certain but death and taxes. Other writers said it first. But out of anyone, he, […]

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After a Decade of Cringe, Why Are We Still Doing Dîner en Blanc?

Yes, I know you’ve probably heard a thousand times why Dîner en Blanc in Philadelphia is one of the stupidest events of all time. Not […]

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The Worst of Philly 2022: From Jawn Morgan to Pete Rose to Wawa Soft Pretzels

Now that we’ve given you enough time to properly digest the utterly extensive and unimpeachably awesome Best of Philly 2022, it’s time for a trip […]

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The City Has Failed University City Townhome Residents. They Should Pay For It — Literally

Monday morning’s abrupt dismantling of the protest encampment outside of West Philly’s University City Townhomes served as another reminder that Black lives still don’t matter. […]

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Summer Shouldn’t Be Canceled in Black Neighborhoods Due to Gun Violence

As Philadelphia responds to its ongoing gun violence crisis, I’m noticing that Black neighborhoods are being penalized the most in the name of “safety.” Several […]

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Here They Come: Why the New Sixers Arena Could Be a Huge Win for the Team and the City

Note: This story has been updated to note opposition to this proposed project from members of the Chinatown community. This morning, the Sixers took the […]

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It’s Official: We’re Giving Mayor Kenney a Worst of Philly Award

Our Best of Philly issue comes out in August, as it has every year since 1974. In a handful of those years, we’ve included a […]

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Celebrating Independence Day After Roe Was Overturned Feels Hollow

I’ve never been much of a July 4th stan. As I’ve become older and more informed, this holiday has become increasingly irrelevant for someone like […]

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Overturning of Roe v. Wade Is a Reminder That We Aren’t a True Democracy

Last week’s landmark overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court should be a shock to no one. Threats to end abortion rights have […]

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The Philadelphian’s Case for Being a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

I barely knew Philadelphia when I moved here in 2007, but within weeks of settling in, I was inviting everyone I knew from my past […]

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If Philly Democrats Actually Care About Democracy, They’ll Make This One Simple Change

It’s hard to watch the ongoing January 6th committee hearings into the attack on democracy at our nation’s Capitol and not be a little concerned […]

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Hot Fat Summer: An Ode to Beach Bodies at Every Shape and Size

There’s a moment that’s always hard for me but has gotten easier over time, and that moment is standing on the beach or at the […]

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Philadelphia Has a Real Chance to Improve Gun Control. Our Leaders Must Fight for It Like They Fought for the Soda Tax

A typical weekend in Philadelphia has now become one that, sadly, ends with a recap of fatal shootings. This past weekend was no exception, as […]

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Confessions of a Jaded Millennial

The first time I was eligible to cast a vote for president, I cast it for a Black man. It was 2012, and  mine was […]

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What the Uvalde, Buffalo and Even Philly Shootings Have in Common

I’m not going to lie — it feels exhausting to have to write this. Last week, 10 Black people were murdered by an armed gunman […]