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Will Sports Betting Change What It Means to Be a Fan in Philly?

For the next generation of sports fans, gambling has become a primary entry point. Here’s what that could mean for a town defined by its fanaticism.


Opinion

Democrats Need to Stop Fighting With Each Other if They Want to Win in November

Longform

Can the First Philadelphia Polo Classic Make the City a Pony Town?

News

The Always Sunny Gang Played the Met During the Eagles’ Home Opener, and Philly Fans Lost Their Minds

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Opinion

What the Uvalde, Buffalo and Even Philly Shootings Have in Common

A recent pattern in these tragedies is that they involve marginalized people being killed in institutionally neglected spaces. We need to look hard at why that’s so.

Guides

10 Powerful War Memorials in Philly

Soldiers, moms, buffalo, biceps and angels. A roundup of our 10 favorite memorials in the city.

News

Demystifying the Serious Science of Smells

University City’s Monell Chemical Senses Center knows (nose?) why people react to smells differently.

Opinion

Philly’s Democratic Establishment Has Officially Lost Its Mojo

After a series of embarrassing endorsement flops in the PA Primary, Philadelphia’s Democratic City Committee needs new leadership, now.

Q&A

Brittany Lynn on Her Biggest Fear, Her Secret Power and Growing Up Gay in the Northeast

The don of the Philly Drag Mafia talks penis-tucking, life in South Philly, and where to get a Big Mac pizza.

News

From Starbucks to Cease-and-Desist: The Implosion of a Philly Racial Justice Org

Four years ago, after calling out the controversial arrests of two Black men at a Rittenhouse Starbucks, Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene co-founded From Privilege to Progress to “desegregate the public conversation about race and racism.” Today, they’re no longer on speaking terms as they negotiate dissolving their nonprofit.


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?

CBS News correspondent Robert Costa and Kathy Barnette, a candidate for U.S. Senate in the Pennsylvania primary
Q&A

Q&A: Bucks Co. Native Robert Costa of CBS News Talks Getting Stiffed by Kathy Barnette

The Pennsbury High grad, in town for the suddenly crazy PA primary, tried to get into the surging GOP Senate candidate’s Bucks rally on Saturday. It didn’t go so well.

Longform

Michael Forman — the Philly Power Player You’ve Never Heard of — Is About to Make Some Noise

The CEO of FS Investments has quietly amassed powerful friends and lots of money. Now he’s ready to fix Philadelphia’s problems.

News

Reflections on the Reopening of the Weitzman Museum

What the new exhibits at Philadelphia’s museum of Jewish American history — now with a new name — say about the moment we’re living in.

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News

Backyard Chickens Could Finally Be Legalized In Philadelphia

“I’m ecstatic,” says longtime Philadelphia backyard chickens activist Maureen Breen. “Dreams do come true.”

Q&A

Q&A: Philly Playwright James Ijames on Winning the Pulitzer

“We had some champagne last night,” the South Philly resident told us less than 24 hours after getting the news. “But now I gotta go to work.”

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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.

a still from a live snacktime performance of their "fuck the ppa" anthem
News

Finally, Somebody Wrote the “F&*k the PPA” Song We’ve Always Dreamed Of

Snacktime is a true civic treasure.

Longform

Wilmington: the It City Next Door

Thanks to a resurgent downtown and a red-hot dining scene, Wilmington is building a buzz.

Guides

12 Cool Philly Public Art Works

The city is forever bursting with great new eye candy. Here’s what to see and where.

one turtle slapping another -- a precursor to turtle sex -- at Heinz Wildlife Refuge
News

Turtle Foreplay Video from Heinz Wildlife Refuge Goes Viral

“I put so much time and effort into my stand-up videos,” says Philly comedian Jamie Pappas. “But of course it’s the turtles I post that get all the attention.”

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