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What Will Philly’s Arts Scene Look Like After a Year Without Audiences?

A little over a year ago, I was elbow to elbow with 21,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center, reveling in the diva spectacle that […]

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City Life

Jill Biden Is Exactly What Washington, D.C., Needs: A Philly Girl

This is not a political story. This is not a political story for a lot of reasons — because it doesn’t have to be, because […]

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City Life

Philly Finally Has a Second Casino. What Exactly Do We Win?

The first time I went to a casino, I drove all the way to Atlantic City with the windows down, smoking cigarettes and dreaming about […]

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NextHealth PHL

Gene Therapy Is Giving Us Incredible New Tools to Fight Disease. How Far Can It Go?

Think back to last spring. (You probably don’t want to, but humor me.) Those early months of the coronavirus pandemic in America weren’t all fear […]

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City Life

I Thought Making Money as an Instagram Momfluencer Would Be Easy

About a year ago, I fell deep into the rabbit hole of perfect motherhood on Instagram. I found myself awake well past midnight, unable to […]

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City Life

The Bizarre, Infuriating Story of Philly Fighting COVID’s Meteoric Rise and Swift Fall

It was nearing 7 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Philly Fighting COVID had a problem. The group, an ambitious and energetic start-up run […]

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Foobooz

YouTuber JL Jupiter Is Boosting Philly’s Under-the-Radar Restaurants, One Viral Video at a Time

On the Wednesday before Super Bowl LV, JL Jupiter uploaded a new video to YouTube. Set to a boom-bap soundtrack, the crisp 25-minute package chronicled […]

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Foobooz

Halfway Between Philadelphia and the Shore, an Oyster Destination

Growing some of the best-tasting oysters in the country is no easy feat. Neither is turning the Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey, into a foodie […]

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City Life

The 10 Essential Sound of Philadelphia Songs Everyone Should Know

Hit play, then go check out our oral history of the Sound of Philadelphia, in which Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, with friends and collaborators […]

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City Life

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

In 1971, a lyrically gifted singer-songwriter from South Philly and a classically trained pianist from Camden launched Philadelphia International Records (PIR), a Black-owned hitmaking label […]

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City Life

How the Pandemic Turned a South Philly Golf Course Into the City’s Best New Park

If you squint, you can see it. Head down to FDR Park, the storied South Philly public space across Broad Street from the Sports Complex. […]

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City Life

What Is Pandemic Life Doing to Our Kids? Maybe Not What We Think

The moms are very worried. Since March of 2020 — when schools started closing and COVID got real — you can find them (okay, us) […]

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City Life

In Their Own Words: 7 Philly Kids Write About Their Pandemic Experiences

Last year, Mighty Writers, a Philly-based nonprofit devoted to boosting students’ literacy and writing skills, asked its writers to reflect on the pandemic. The results […]

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City Life

Is This The Moment Josh Shapiro Has Been Waiting For?

On a chilly Saturday in early February, I sit in Josh Shapiro’s driveway in suburban Abington next to a firepit as we talk, mask to […]

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City Life

30 Years Ago, a Philly Church Refused to Vaccinate Its Kids Against Measles. The Results Were Deadly

Bob Ross remembers the moment vividly. The date was January 16, 1991, the same day that then-President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Desert Storm, the […]