City Life

Who Was the Real Christopher Columbus?

The fight over the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philly’s Marconi Plaza sounds simple enough: Either the statue should stay or it should go. It […]

City Life

The Sad, Seemingly Inevitable History of Blaming Pandemics on “Others”

This isn’t David Barnes’s first time at the pandemic rodeo. An associate professor of medicine and public health at Penn, he’s the author of, among […]

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Be Well Philly

A Brief History of Philly’s Vegan Takeover

Memo to all the haters: Philly’s greenwashing was a long time coming. (No joke: Benjamin Franklin was writing about tofu all the way back in […]

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City Life

Can South Philly Hold On to What’s Always Made It Unique?

In the late summer of 1981, very much against my Catholic mother’s wishes, I had just moved into a rowhouse at 17th and Naudain — […]

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City Life

Quiz: How Well Do You Know South Philly?

How well do you know the South’s quirky neighborhood trivia and traditions? Let’s find out.

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City Life

A Brief Timeline of South Philly Through the Ages

40,000 BCE– 10,000 BCE Paleolithic peoples enter North America. The Lenape settle territory along the Delaware Watershed. Buffalo roam. 1631 Dutch settlers establish a foothold […]

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City Life

Independence National Park Is an Embarrassing Mess. Why Doesn’t Anyone Care?

“Get in the pen.” That’s the first strange thing you’ll hear when you take a tour of Independence Hall, the birthplace of American liberty. I’ve […]

City Life

This Lesser-Known Liberty Bell Played a Big Role in Pa. Women’s Suffrage

Monday marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Pennsylvania — the day when the state voted to ratify the newly passed 19th Amendment. Women […]

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City Life

How King of Prussia, Camden, and 23 Other Philly-Area Towns Got Their Names

Everybody knows that Pennsylvania is named for William Penn and Philadelphia is named for Philip the Great. (Wait, it’s not?) But how about Lionville? Honey Brook? […]

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City Life

Philly Is Getting 5 New Historical Markers

Philadelphia — founded in 1682 by William Penn — is the oldest city in Pennsylvania. So when it comes to documenting the state’s history, in the […]


The Fish Cake Hot Dog Is a Taste of Old Philadelphia

For the past decade, I’ve lived and worked in Philadelphia, and I’ve spent the entire time working in and learning about food — selling it, sourcing […]


I Love My Job: George Washington Portrayer Dean Malissa

Dean Malissa is the world’s leading portrayer of George Washington. The proper term for what Malissa does — dressing as Washington and speaking as him […]

City Life

David McCullough to Inaugurate Major New History Prize in Philly

The Carpenters’ Company — Philadelphia’s nearly 300-year-old professional association of architects, structural engineers, and contractors — will host a ceremony on Thursday to inaugurate the David McCullough […]

City Life

10 Things You Might Not Know About Root Beer Magnate Charles Hires

Okay, sure, there’s Coca Cola — but 10 years before there was, Philadelphia druggist Charles E. Hires introduced his all-natural Hires Root Beer to the […]

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Things to Do

When the Sky Was the Limit: A Flashback to Philly’s First World’s Fair

The first episode of Sam Katz’s documentary series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, aired in April 2011 — seven years ago! On Thursday night, you can […]