October 23, 2019
plastic bags

Philly Bag Ban Passes, But Minus 15c Fee

Yesterday, I talked about the proposed plastic bag ban being debated by the Philadelphia City Council, to which I was giving major side-eye. Today, it was announced that the ban will move forward – but minus the addendum that was my personal biggest drawback: a 15-cent tax on plastic alternatives like paper and reusable bags that grocers and merchants would […]
October 22, 2019
plastic bag

Could a Plastic Bag Ban Be in Philly’s Future?

Do you remember all the hullabaloo that surrounded the passing of the notorious soda tax in Philadelphia? I was there. I remember the inappropriate outrage, the do-gooder self-righteousness, and the general Chicken Little-ness of it all. I sense another social storm in our midst, Philadelphia. This time, the topic is banning plastic bags. Surely you have seen this happen in […]
October 17, 2019
beer

Giant New Brewery Coming to Center City

Craft beer lovers, rejoice! Your new favorite destination for food and house-made brews is about to arrive. News broke a couple days ago that Victory Brewing Company will be making its Center City debut in Logan Square. The immense brewery, taproom, and restaurant will fill 14,000 square feet currently occupied by a TGI Friday’s that will be closing soon. The […]
October 15, 2019
south street

Philadelphia Joins Co-Living Movement

The price of housing in Philadelphia is, as many residents will tell you at length, skyrocketing. As the City of Brotherly Love emerges onto the national and world stages as a significant place to live, work, and play, more and more people want to live here. Even with new condo and apartment buildings rising from the ground on seemingly every […]
October 14, 2019
teenagers

No Kidding Around – Center City Stores Struggle With Teen Shenanigans

I’m getting to that age where kids irritate me by doing kid things, especially young teens. I feel like I’m a year or two away from using “get off my lawn!” unironically. I know a lot of people covering several age groups to whom this applies. But where does rightful restriction of youthful stupidity end and age discrimination begin? On […]
October 10, 2019
flowers

2020 Philadelphia Flower Show Will Have “Graceful” Theme

It’s just a third of the way into October, but floral enthusiasts are already champing at the bit for 2020 to arrive after the announcement of next year’s Philadelphia Flower Show theme. A few days ago, a press release was held at the Grace Kelly House in East Falls to announce that the Flower Show theme would be “Riviera Holiday,” […]
October 9, 2019
fruit

Wawa Lovers Rejoice: More Stores, New Offerings

Loving Wawa is as quintessentially Philadelphian as cheesesteaks, Tastykakes, and betting on what point this season Carson Wentz will get injured. We just adore Wawa. The coffee is bomb, the food is delish, and, wherever you are in Center City, there’s one within walking distance. The affinity for Wawa is no longer contained to the Keystone State, however. Fans in […]
October 7, 2019
ben franklin parkway

Propogating Polack Pride at the Pulaski Parade

Whether you are genetically Polish or have friends who are, you have undoubtedly heard all about the venerated Casimir Pulaski, Revolutionary War hero and major name in the pantheon of Important Polacks. My best friend went to Casimir Pulaski Elementary School, being part Pole herself. I’ve seen the statue of Pulaski in Washington, D.C. I thought I knew everything I […]
October 3, 2019
dog

Where to Stay With Your Dog While Visiting Center City

Dogs are man’s best friends. (Unless you’re a cat person!) Most dog owners consider their pup to be part of the family, and therefore want to travel with them when they have business or pleasure to attend to. It’s an unfortunate fact that many hotels have pet fees if they accept dogs at all, but this of course is due […]
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