City Life

The Problem With “Feed Fatigue” and Other Excuses White People Make for Remaining Racist

At the start of the summer, white people’s interest in Black Lives Matter grew during the George Floyd protests. But I didn’t believe them. As we […]

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Life & Style

I Never Knew How Much I’d Miss Shopping in Person

The small front hall of my Queen Village home has morphed into a full-on packing, shipping and receiving facility. (Jeff Bezos would be impressed.) On […]

City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Trump’s Philly Town-Hall Disaster

On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump appeared here in our city, where the founding fathers he’s so fond of proclaimed the existence of truths that […]

Be Well Philly

I’ve Made a New Playlist Every Month for the Past Four Years

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 […]

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City Life

I Fear the Parkway Encampment Crisis Could End Up Like the MOVE Bombing

In some ways, 2020 is starting to feel like 1985. Right now, a group of vulnerable and displaced people is actively defying the city’s demand […]


Here’s to the Restaurants Refusing to Reopen Their Dining Rooms

On Tuesday, dining rooms were officially allowed to reopen in Philadelphia at a quarter of their capacity. It was a momentous day in the very […]

City Life

To Combat Philadelphia Gun Violence, We Must Dismantle the Office of Violence Prevention

At this point, to describe our city as a broken record in how it responds to gun violence would be an understatement. Here’s how it […]

City Life

Temple Shows Its True Colors in Bringing Students Back to Campus, Causing COVID Outbreak

When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the United States, it became virtually impossible to read a story about the present moment without bumping into the […]

City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: A New Record on the Appalachian Trail

If you’ve pretty much been sitting at home on your couch for the past six months, you’re not gonna want to hear about Liz Anjos. […]

City Life

With Indoor Dining Faux Pas, It’s Official: Jim Kenney Can’t Read the Room

After a summer of strict (and necessary) COVID-19 regulations surrounding our city’s restaurant scene, Mayor Jim Kenney had to go screw it all up. When […]

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Life & Style

Need a Therapist? Try the App Store

Here’s something that’s unexpected: The App Store might hold the key to unlocking your deepest emotional hang-ups. There are dozens of apps catering to your […]

City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The Girl Scouts Get a New Look

There’s been a lot of news on the Girl Scout front lately. Earlier this month, the organization unveiled a brand-new cookie flavor: the Toast-Yay!, shaped […]

City Life

These Are the Worst Four Words You Can Tell Philly Voters Right Now

Last week, the Democrats made their case for why Americans should vote blue in the November 3rd presidential election. Republicans are now making the case […]

City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: It’s BLT Season!

On Monday of this week, we made ourselves a BLT for supper. (We enjoyed it while watching the Sixers.) On Tuesday, we had a BLT […]

City Life

White Democrats, It’s Time for You to Get Your People to Vote

As the Democratic National Convention finally takes off, Black voters are infighting more than ever. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s pick of California Senator Kamala […]