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Why the Midterm Results Are Good (or Bad) News for Philly’s Mayoral Candidates

There’s a lot that Philly’s mayoral hopefuls can learn from what we witnessed on November 8th.

lawyer john morgan dressed as santa claus on one of his many jawn morgan billboards near Philadelphia

The Jawn Morgan Interview You’ve Been Waiting For


Booze-and-Branding Guru Steven Grasse on His Just-Released Book and Whiskey

a philadelphia eagles fan and a vikings fan, who thought he was going to get beat up by Philadelphia Eagles fans

Bird-Watching at the Linc Taught Me: Eagles Fans Aren’t So Bad After All

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He’s left his wife of 62 years. His kids aren’t speaking to him. He’s estranged from old friends. He’s engaged to marry his chief of staff. And despite his health problems, 82-year-old Thacher Longstreth plans to run for another City Council term

He’s left his wife of 62 years. His kids aren’t speaking to him. He’s estranged from old friends. He’s engaged to marry his chief of […]


I often speak to groups about what it is we do and don't do here at Philadelphia magazine. We seek to reveal the region to […]

A generation of parents determined to raise perfect children is now being confronted with anything but. What happened?

She was walking across the sand, marching over the dunes of Avalon last summer, when she saw him. Them. Er, it. It involved Ethan, her […]

Harvard President Lawrence Summers says his comments about women's innate talents (or lack thereof) were mere intellectual provocation. Women the world over disagreed. Now Summers finds himself on the defensive, while a divided university debates jus

In January of 1991, economist Lawrence Summers took a leave from his Harvard professorship and moved to Washington to work for the World Bank. His […]

A new way to show your love for Jim Gardner.

The only thing worse than a cell phone chirping in a restaurant or movie theater is one that rings to Beethoven's Fifth in its entirety, […]

How we can finally end the parking barons' monopoly

The city has hired a consulting group to study Center City's parking issues, and I admit I've got a very bad feeling about the whole […]

Best of Philly 2022: City Life

Best of Philly 2022: City Life

A gaming whiz kid, good sports, and how Questlove always keeps his cool.

Post-COVID, Does Center City Have a Future?

Post-COVID, Does Center City Have a Future?

Back in the day, Philly, like a lot of cities, banked on a revival of its downtown to spark new life. The plan worked fine — for Center City. But now that the pandemic has emptied offices, boomer residents are aging, and millennials are opting for the ’burbs, where do we go from here?

You think faked stories and faked documents are a scandal? In Boston, some of the journalists themselves were made up.

I was a 10-bucks-a-night office boy at the old Boston Herald, then published downtown on Mason Street, when a copy editor named Bill Stewart patted […]

Why last month's endorsement of Sam Katz was a boneheaded move

I don't know many people who were as depressed as I was the morning after John Street won the mayoralty. Now, four years later, I'll […]

My kids haven't turned out the way I'd hoped. Thank God

My son Jake, age 10, is playing the saxophone. This is his second year playing saxophone, and I'll go on record saying this much: It's […]

To get to her, they're gonna have to go through me

Monday night, Scout night, away-lacrosse-game-this-afternoon night, science-project-due-tomorrow-why-don't-we-ever-have-any-empty-oatmeal-boxes night. Dinner's half on the table and half still in the oven when the doorbell rings. “Sit. Eat,” […]

A friendship with Hitler infects a noble Brahmin line.

Many amateur genealogists delve into the family archives in search of heroic ancestors — royalty, most commonly — to make them feel better about themselves. […]

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

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

The former municipal golf course at FDR Park became an indispensable natural refuge for many locked-down South Philadelphians over the past year.

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

Fifty years after founding their legendary Philadelphia International Records, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, with friends and collaborators from Thom Bell to John Oates to Patti LaBelle, look back on the musical partnership that came to define the city.

The essential guide to where to dine tonight: Stephen Starr's mod/classic steakhouse, the best tiny city BYOB, a glittering suburban sushi palace, plus four more standouts we love. We dined, we drank, we debated. Overall, we'd call this one of t

Pumpkin 1713 South Street; 215-545-4448 Opened: September 2004 The scene: The bold orange logo announces Pumpkin's place on the 1700 block of South Street, and […]

The postgame riots? Kid stuff. Students here support a $364M criminal economy fueled by drugs and sex.

Wendy began her Christmas break from school in Boston last year knowing she would have to get a job to pay the rent. Like many […]

Forget the brain drain. Center City has become a real-world Real World

The Center City civic leaders and business elite who talk apocalyptically about Philadelphia's brain drain might feel differently about the matter had they left their […]

We really do need to protect our families — against heterosexuals

I've taken some time to digest Rick Santorum's comments that gay sex somehow threatens our social order, and to the pessimists who say the senator's […]

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