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Temple Students, Let That HBCU Comparison Die

There’s been an ongoing claim among some Black students at Temple University that their campus life mirrors that at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). […]

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Progressives, Your Support for Safe Injection Sites Is “White Lives Matter” by Another Name

Last week, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that a proposal from Safehouse, a nonprofit advocating to open a privately funded safe injection site in […]

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Working Families Party Candidates For City Council Deserve To Lose On Principle

We’re roughly one month away from the general election, and I can’t wait for it to be over. Not because I don’t value the democratic […]

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When It Comes to City Contracts in Philly, White Privilege Wins

A report released on Wednesday by the City Controller’s office reveals that the Kenney administration has a double standard when it comes to penalizing government […]

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I’m Queer and I Think CCP’s New “Non-Binary” Mascot Is Pandering Nonsense

Community College of Philadelphia tried to make a huge roar this week with the announcement of its new mascot. After ditching the outdated, and arguably […]

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Temple’s Football Program Has Made the Case for a Home of Its Own

It is an unusually warm day for football — 80 muggy degrees under a cloudy sky. The Temple Owls are playing the Maryland Terrapins, the […]

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What’s Worse Than Jim Kenney Trying to Squelch Press Freedom? Having His Team Lie About It

Update, 9/17: In a conversation with Philadelphia magazine’s attorney this morning, city solicitor Marcel Pratt confirmed that information requests from the magazine no longer have […]

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If Christine Coulter Had Been Photographed Wearing a Swastika, She Would Have Resigned Already

On Tuesday afternoon, acting Philadelphia police commissioner Christine Coulter proved herself to be the very problem she’s now in charge of solving. During a City […]

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Drivers, Stop Parking in the New Spruce and Pine Street Bike Lanes

The first thing you’ll notice when cycling along the newly repaved Pine Street bike lane is that it is smooth — like unbelievably, am-I-really-biking-in-Philly, I-thought-Philly-was-covered-in-potholes smooth. After […]

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I Tried Twice to Like Dîner en Blanc, but It’s Truly an Elitist Display Philly Doesn’t Need

Full disclosure: I like nice things. Being a young Black gay man in a world that generally makes it a point to deny me such […]

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Philly’s Local TV Broadcasts Were a Masterclass in How Not to Cover a Live Shooting

There was a moment, early in the coverage of the shooting in North Philly on Wednesday — which left six Philadelphia police officers injured with gunshot wounds — that […]

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Clarkville “Silent Protest” Is a Textbook Example of How Not to Be a White Ally

Clarkville, a pizzeria in West Philly, and nearby bar Local 44 were recently faced with a series of staff protests and a subsequent mass resignation […]

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When Donald Trump Blames Mass Shootings on Mental Illness, He’s Blaming People Like Me

Last week, Donald Trump responded to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, by saying that “mental illness and hatred pulls the […]

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Free Streets Is a Nice Yearly Gimmick. Now Philly Should Do It For Real

There are 2,575 miles of public roadway in Philadelphia. Usually these streets belong to cars, but once a year, thanks to the Philly Free Streets […]

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Of Course Philadelphia Cares About Independence Historical National Park

A simple response to your July 2019 article asking whether anyone cares about Independence Historical National Historical Park is … absolutely! Over the last many […]