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City Life

My Dog Is My Life, and One Day, He’ll Be Gone

One day, my dog Joey will be gone. Not today, not tomorrow, but the day is coming — and coming sooner than I’d like. I […]

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City Life

For Years, People Said There Were No Lenape Left in Pennsylvania. This Group Begs to Differ.

It’s a muggy mid-September Sunday, and kayakers and vacationing families are taking in the calm waters of Mauch Chunk Lake, a small reservoir in the […]

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City Life

Becoming Bok: From Decommissioned School to South Philly’s Center of Creative Cool

From the outside, the Bok Building looks like an old trade school. From the inside — well, it still looks like an old trade school, […]

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City Life

The Biden Administration Keeps Tapping Penn People for Major Roles

After Donald Trump was elected in 2016, former Vice President Joe Biden became Penn professor Joe Biden, returning to the campus that awarded him an […]

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City Life

How Co-Writing a Book About an Interracial Friendship Helped Strengthen Our Own

In the new novel I co-wrote with Christine Pride, We Are Not Like Them, two lifelong friends — one white, one Black — see their […]

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City Life

5 of Philly’s Most Meaningful Monuments, According to Monument Lab’s Paul Farber

We asked Monument Lab’s Paul Farber to pick five especially meaningful monumental places in Philly. The President’s House Opened in 2010, it shows where George […]

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City Life

Who Deserves a Statue — And Who Never Did? Philly’s Monument Lab May Have Answers

Just last August, a 34-year-old West Philadelphia painter named Joy Taney went door-to-door in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood and made an unusual request. She wanted people […]

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City Life

Philly’s Housing Encampments of 2020 Led to a Nationally Celebrated Deal. Then It All Began to Unravel

Edwin Jones spent many of his days riding the El as it hummed over Philadelphia and his nights sleeping in 30th Street Station. Jones, who […]

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City Life

Todd Carmichael Is Stepping Down as La Colombe’s CEO to Reinvent the Way You Drink Water

What happens when the man who founded La Colombe and forever changed how Philadelphians drink coffee decides he needs a change? He sets out to […]

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Foobooz

We’ve Really Missed Watching Sports at a Bar

Here’s the thing about sports bars — the good ones, anyway: Hanging out at them, watching a game at them, fraternizing the way you do […]

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Foobooz

Have You Missed Bars As Much As We Have?

Their tall stools. Their sticky wooden tops. We miss the foggy beers and purple wines, the shots of whiskey lining up whenever a night would […]

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Foobooz

Remember Disappearing Into a Crowd of Strangers at a Bar?

I’ve decided to spend a midsummer afternoon with four old men who want absolutely nothing to do with me. When I pop by just before […]

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Foobooz

There’s Nothing I’ve Missed More Than Enjoying Live Music in a Bar

I identify as an alcoholic, and not in that cute It’s wine o’clock somewhere! kind of way. And while I’m sober, I still missed going […]

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Foobooz

Finding Comfort in the Discomfort of a Dive Bar

We choose to go to dive bars not because they’re clean, but because they’re dirty. Or at least, we forgive the scratched glasses, hot-dog Jacuzzis […]

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Foobooz

There’s Nothing Cozier Than Spending the Holidays Inside a Bar

An open bar isn’t the easiest thing to come by on Christmas Day. Even city fixtures like McGillin’s and Bob & Barbara’s close up shop […]