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Philly Just Surpassed 500 Homicides. Can We Admit Gun Buyback Programs Aren’t Helping?

Proponents claim gun buybacks keep dangerous weapons off the street. They’re really just a flashy, performative and ineffective response to our current gun violence crisis.


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COVID Turned the Philanthropy World Upside Down

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30 Great Philly Nonprofits to Give To This Year

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Power: The Importance of Being Ernie

Ernie Preate isn’t what he used to be. Old Ernie was a hardboiled pol. All about ambition. All about Ernie. All about his campaign du […]

My Philadelphia Story: Captain Noah

We love IHOP. Are you familiar with IHOP? We did 260 shows a year, and for a time we had a 57 percent market share […]

The Unknown Critic

Three days before Christmas, Craig LaBan called Dominique and Sabine Filoni and informed them that he would be reviewing Bianca, their new restaurant on the […]

Real Estate 2005: How to Sell Now

An odd thing happened when Joanne Davidow of Prudential Fox & Roach got the listing for a house on the beautiful, European-looking little block called […]

Real Estate 2005: The 10 Habits of Highly Ineffective Homebuyers

The 10 Habits of Highly Ineffective Homebuyers 1. Jump in, with no real plan, but with a lease that’s set to expire. We’d thought about […]

A decade ago, a fearless burglar plundered the Main Line. However, a recent capture doesn’t mean justice for his victims

Don’t shoot!” Robert Wittman drops to the floor of a Madrid hotel room, yelling for his life while a gang of ­machine-gun-­toting Spaniards storms in. […]


Six of Philly’s Best Writers on How the Past Year Changed the City — and Us All

Six of Philly’s Best Writers on How the Past Year Changed the City — and Us All

After a long, unprecedented year, Philadelphia is still standing. We asked these powerful voices to reflect on how their favorite places in the city evolved and endured.

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

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

The First Lady’s no-nonsense, relatable strength — born in New Jersey and forged in Willow Grove — is key to who she is and why she endures.


Society: Another Scandal in Gladwyne

Phones started jingling early in Gladwyne on December 28th, the Tuesday after Christmas: “Did you hear what happened at the pharmacy?” asked Maurice Tannenbaum at […]

The Good Life: Should This Man Be Smiling?

Are you happy, Marty? The Marty in question is Martin E.P. Seligman, who, in this winter week in question, might just be the best-known psychologist […]

Contrarian: The Thin Booze Line

It’s a kind of philosophical riddle, like the one about the tree that falls in the forest with no one around to hear it. Is […]

Exit Interview: Jonathan Estrin

“Hollywood” and “Drexel University dean” make as much sense together as “classy” and “Delaware Avenue,” but when the school’s Media Arts and Design chief, Jonathan […]

In the Name of the Son

Last June 5th, Michael Berg was asked by an international anti-war organization to make a speech in Lafayette Park, across from the White House. It […]

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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.


Contrarian: Let’s Join Jersey!

By the time you read this, cash-starved SEPTA may be cutting train service to weekend levels and charging $3 for a bus ride. Transit systems […]

Exit Interview: Kim Delaney

She made you cry when she died in a Jet Ski explosion on All My Children. She made you care as a no-nonsense detective on […]

Empire of the Rising Starr

The December leadership meeting of the Starr Restaurant Organization is in session, and Stephen Starr’s attention deficit disorder is raging full-force. Tangerine, SRO’s Moroccan-cum-Mediterranean fusion […]

How Much Are Those Manolos in the Window?

Sometime in the late ’80s, I was kicked back on the couch, watching television with my girlfriend. It was a documentary about fascism, and there […]

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