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Opinion

City Life

Stop Judging People for Going to Outdoor Events. The COVID Mandates Are Working.

As we all began to adjust to in-person gatherings this summer in the wake of vaccination requirements, I noticed a growing trend: social media doomsaying. […]

City Life

Philly Will Pay $2 Million to Settle a Police Brutality Case. It Will Also Give Cops a Raise. Why?

The saying goes “You gotta spend money to make money” when it comes to maximizing budgetary opportunities, but the city has officially proven that it […]

City Life

Philly’s Budget Treats Gun Violence Like It’s a Tomorrow Problem

Putting your money where your mouth is means nothing if you’re working with a bad script. Someone should tell that to the Kenney administration as […]

City Life

Why I’ve Decided to Stop Debating Vaccine-Resistant People

For many of the fully vaccinated among us who have spent much of the past year arguing with family, friends and colleagues who have refused […]

City Life

We Told Our Wedding Guests They Had to Be Vaccinated. Here’s What Happened Next

I was told that in the weeks leading up to my wedding, shit would get real. But I never imagined such a bombshell.  Until very […]

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Life & Style

Don’t Look Now, but the Mullet, History’s Most Maligned Hairstyle, Is Back

A few months ago, Chelsey Crawford, a 26-year-old buyer at Urban Outfitters, walked into Washington Square’s American Mortals salon and asked for a mullet. And […]

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City Life

The Return of COVID Restrictions Proves That Unvaccinated Lives Matter

The rise of new COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant — and the return of restrictions in their wake — has produced […]

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City Life

If You Won’t Get Vaccinated, You Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Have Fun

In one of my all-time favorite films, Mean Girls, there’s a scene in which the alpha-female of her high school, Regina George, decides to wear […]

City Life

Here’s What Happened When I Turned the Tables on a Street Harasser

It was a Friday morning in Center City that was off to a good start. Then things got tense. I had wrapped up a monthly […]

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City Life

The Worst of Philly 2021: From Fraudulent Hoagies to Headhouse Square to Ben Simmons

Every year since 1974, Philly Mag has published the Best of Philly: the people, places and things we want to lift up and celebrate. Things […]

City Life

Mayor Jim Kenney Doesn’t Care About Black People

In 2005, during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, rapper Kanye West declared on national television that “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” It was […]

City Life

ICYMI, Philly Police Made Sure to Defend the Free Speech of White Supremacists

On the night before your July 4th cookout, nearly 200 masked white supremacists armed with shields, flags and banners flocked to Center City to throw […]

City Life

Philly’s New Budget Makes It Clear City Hall Will Never Defund the Police

As the saying goes, “Don’t believe the hype,” especially when it comes to the Philly police budget. After all that talk of criminal justice reform […]

City Life

Helen Gym and Kenyatta Johnson, Grandstand Less and Legislate More

Having grown up in the South, I’ve never forgotten a piece of wisdom from my elders: “Know your role, play your part.” In a democracy, […]

City Life

We Have a Chance to Create the Philly Pride Celebration We Truly Deserve

It’s very rare that community demands are met with swift and immediate action — but in a racial-uprising/pandemic era, the game has changed. A few […]