Opinion

City Life

New Report Makes It Crystal Clear: Kenney and Outlaw Both Need to Resign for Violating Human Rights

When I first called for Mayor Jim Kenney to resign last summer following initial revelations that the city mishandled Black Lives Matter protests, I was […]

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Foobooz

I Learned to Love Outdoor Winter Dining — and You Can, Too

For the most part, the rhythms of life that defined my pre-COVID existence have disappeared, suppressed by months of anxiety, grief, frustration and restaurant shutdowns. […]

City Life

I Took a COVID-19 Vaccine Selfie. Then the Questions Came Pouring In.

On Saturday, I walked into Deliverance Church in North Philly and got my first of two injections of COVID-19 vaccine. A few days earlier, I […]

City Life

After Trump Insurrection, the Need for Newsroom Diversity Couldn’t Be More Obvious

It’s been a week and a day since a mob of domestic terrorists stormed the Capitol Building. Six people died as a result of the […]

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Be Well Philly

I’m Bad at Journaling, but a Memory Jar Helps Me Stay Grounded

Welcome to Ritual, Be Well Philly’s column of essays about the low-tech, inefficient things we do that pleasurably slow us down. From taking the long […]

City Life

Philadelphia’s Homicide Rate Hit a Record High. Now Can We Get Serious About Defunding Police?

At the start of a new year in Philly, I’ve come to expect two initial headaches: the Mummers doing something stupid, and another disappointing annual […]

City Life

10 Philly Comforts We Hope to See Again in 2021

Now that 2020 is in the books, it’s time to start planning for a better 2021. Among the many hardships of 2020 was the way […]

City Life

2020 in Review: These Are the People and Things I’m Grateful For in a Challenging Year

While stocking up on last-minute groceries at Whole Foods this week, I got my privilege checked. As I was wrapping up a call, I began […]

Foobooz

5 Dining Resolutions for a Better, Healthier, More Delicious 2021

Around this time each year, we put together a list of dining resolutions. With age comes wisdom, ya know? We learn about predatory delivery apps […]

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City Life

2020 in Review: 11 Winners (and No Losers) from Philly’s Strange Year

Now that 2020 is (mercifully) more or less behind us, it’s time to take a look back at the year that was. Around here, that […]

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Foobooz

All the Little Things We Miss About Restaurants

It’s been so long since I’ve been seated inside a restaurant that I’m starting to forget what it was like. When indoor dining was an […]

City Life

Black Americans Don’t Trust the COVID Vaccine. It’s Up to Doctors to Change That

As the first COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered in America, a sense of relief has come over me. This feels like the beginning of the […]

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City Life

2020 Even Ruined Snow Days. Great.

It’s the winter of 1964. I’m eight years old, in the second grade, living with my parents and three siblings in Glenside, a sleepy Montco […]

City Life

Let’s Talk About the Economic Reason “Defund the Police” May Be a Hard Sell in Philadelphia

Last summer, the term “Defund the police” took off following the extrajudicial police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others. But like many […]

City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Patti LaBelle Gushes About Philly in the New York Times

Okay, so everybody’s been talking about Dolly Parton and Barack Obama. But there are three divas featured in the new issue of T, the New […]