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The Philly College Dishonor Roll

Over the course of its 278 years, the University of Pennsylvania has racked up plenty of famous alumni: Elon Musk! John Legend! Bring up a […]

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Allan Domb for Mayor!

I realize what I’m about to say. I realize exactly what I’m about to say. And yet: It must be said. Every so often, when […]

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Philly Pols Keep It in the Family

From Goodes to Greens to Streets, Tartagliones and Williamses, Philly politics has a long history of running in the family. And the trend continues. Here […]

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What to Expect at Philly’s New Rail Park

If you’ve been to NYC’s High Line, you know: Abandoned railways can become beautiful public spaces when they get an urbanist makeover. After eight years […]

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Will the Soda Tax Be Jim Kenney’s Waterloo?

Two years ago, when Philadelphia passed its sweetened beverage tax, it was hailed as a game-changing triumph that sent shock waves across the country and […]

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All the Shore Drama You Missed Since Last Summer

We get it: You only pay attention to the Shore in summer, when you’re there, ankle-deep in the sand, sweaty cocktail in hand. As usual, […]


Welcome to the Bland New World of Philly Development

Earlier this year, Bart Blatstein, the developer best known for building the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties and a personal Rittenhouse Square mansion, announced […]

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Catherine Price’s Modest Proposal: Dump Your Smartphone

The Rundown Age: 39 CV, abridged: Philly freelance science journalist published in The Best American Science Writing, the New York Times and Slate, among others. […]


Anatomy of an Exit

Philly Tech Week (April 27th to May 5th), that annual celebration of our bustling, burgeoning innovation sector, always gets us thinking about the exit — […]

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You Can Own Campbell Soup Heiress Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton’s Treasures

The legacy of Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton, the late Campbell Soup Co. heiress, is one of boundless philanthropy. But two auctions coming this spring reveal […]

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Five Philly Musicians Who Should Have Beaten Bon Jovi to the Hall of Fame

Jon Bon Jovi will get the old band together for the hair metal progenitors’ big Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction jam on April […]

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Helen Gym on Championing Philly Public Schools and What’s Next

The Rundown Age: 50 CV, abridged: Philly’s first Asian-American City Councilwoman (2016-present); Cesar Chavez Champion of Change (2014); national vice chair of Local Progress (2017-present); […]

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Has the Manayunk Bike Race Hit Its Final Wall?

At this point, it wouldn’t be alarmist to ask if Philadelphia’s storied pro bike race is officially kaput. In February, we learned that the one-day […]


Six Philly-Area Rail Proposals That Never Came to Be (But Still Could)

Schuylkill Valley Metro Proposed: Early 1990s. Goal: Light metro from Center City to Reading. Proponents: Montco officials hoping to stimulate economic development. Opponents: The city […]

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Inside Philly’s New Day Care and Preschool Boom

The country’s birth rate is at an all-time low, but you’d never know it from walking around Philly. (Forget bike lanes; we need stroller lanes.) […]