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philly street sweeping
City Life

Will Philly Ever Get Its Act Together on Street Sweeping?

Sometime in the coming weeks, the City of Philadelphia will determine the fate of its desperately needed street-sweeping pilot program, which launched in April and […]

City Life

Your Guide to the Only-in-Philly Sights at the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving parade might not be the biggest of its kind (that’s New York) or the most famous (also New York), but it is the […]

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City Life

Why Youse Guys Should Start Saying Y’all

Anytime I’m talking to someone new, the question inevitably arises: “Wait — where are you from?” My apparent outsider status is given away by one […]

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City Life

YA Author Kacen Callender on Transgender Characters and Writing for Teens

The Rundown Age: 30 CV, abridged: Editoral staffer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2014-’18); three-time Kirkus starred author; winner, Stonewall Book Award, for middle-grade […]

jared solomon
City Life

The Northeast State Rep Who Thinks Democrats and Republicans Can Actually Get Along

The Rundown Age: 40 CV, abridged: President and founder, Northeast Philly civic group Take Back Your Neighborhood (2008-2016); state rep, 202nd Legislative District (2016-present). Big […]

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Foobooz

Why Mission-Driven Restaurants Fail in Philadelphia

Beneath our reputation as a tough, no-B.S. town, Philadelphians believe we’ve got an abiding openheartedness born of Quaker roots. But what does it say about […]

celebrities in philly
City Life

Philly Is the Best City in America to Be a Celebrity. No, Really.

Sometime this summer, I walked out of Philly Mag’s Washington Square offices and stumbled upon a camera crew intently following a man gazing up in […]

philly kids life expectancy
City Life

What If There Was a City Official Whose Only Job Was to Make Philly Better for Kids?

This summer, the Scattergood Foundation — a behavioral health nonprofit — partnered with data analytics firm Azavea to produce a report on the well-being of […]

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Business

Will Fashion District Succeed Where the Gallery Failed?

The American mall is dead. Or is it? On the one hand, there are the raw numbers: By April 2019, retailers had already announced they […]

Jami McKeon
Business

Jami McKeon on Authenticity and Wellness in the Workplace

THE DETAILS Age: 62 Title: Chair Workplace: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which employs 4,000 people in 31 worldwide offices Trained as: An attorney On what […]

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City Life

Why You Really Need to Take Your Kid to Drag Queen Storytime

There’s only one thing to know about Drag Queen Storytime, and that’s the proper lingo. Which is precisely why the fabulous Miss Maria TopCatt kicked […]

philadelphia international airport
City Life

11 Insider Tips for Making Your Next Trip Through PHL a Breeze

Our airport is only lame if you’re a lousy navigator. Here’s your Best of PHL cheat sheet. 1. Lounge to Insta-Brag About: The Centurion Lounge […]

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City Life

The Audience Is the Real Draw at Philly’s Best Open-Mic Night

It started out … it started out with a dream. Now I see what I believe. Accompanied by a soft melody and a chorus of […]

flossers
City Life

Who Is Leaving Flossers All Over Philly Sidewalks?

Most days, I walk 1.6 miles to work, traversing the city from one side of Broad to the other. I keep my eyes trained on […]

Tiona Nekkia McClodden
City Life

Experimental Filmmaker Tiona Nekkia McClodden Doesn’t Care If You Miss the Point

The Rundown Age: 38 CV, abridged: Pew Fellow (2016); Guggenheim Fellow (2019); fellow in art and activism, Bard College (2018-’19); works exhibited at the Museum […]