Living in Philadelphia

This is one of our most fun sections on the site because it rounds up all the best things about living in Philadelphia—the city center, but also the surrounding suburbs. We also cover new laws and ordinances that might impact your life, upcoming events of note, and more.

Want to know the best parks in the city? We have you covered. A new street food festival or pop-up restaurant featuring a world-reknowned chef? We definitely have you covered there, too. Wondering about the latest developments on school zoning, new city taxes, and more? If the news impacts Philadelphia it will be found here!

We love our city and look forward to sharing with you the aspects of living in Philly, from food to culture to neighborhoods and more.

We hope you enjoy the information we offer! If we can help you in any way, please speak with one of our talented real estate agents, or directly contact the Center City Team office: 215.440.2093

March 17, 2020

Philly Coronavirus Megapost – 3/17/20

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, but today will look very different from celebrations past. While Guinness would normally flow freely and revelers would cheer on a lavish parade in a sea of green, this year there will be very few, or no parties. The bars are closed, and our newfound mandate of “social distancing” discourages congregating in groups of ten or […]
March 16, 2020

Could Philadelphia’s Pokemon Go Safari Zone Event Be Cancelled?

It’s a sort of March Madness all right… but not in the ways you might expect. For one, there’s no basketball – or baseball, hockey, XFL, or any other professional sports. People are raiding grocery stores and fiending not for drugs, but for Lysol wipes and toilet paper. We’re experiencing the phenomenon of “social distancing,” or staying the hell away […]
March 11, 2020

Dangling Wire Sculptures Delight Philadelphia

A whimsical wire sculpture of Danny DeVito’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia character, art collector Ongo Gablogian, was recently found dangling from the telephone cables at Broad Street and Washington Avenue. At first, onlookers thought the rotund little man was a caricature of ol’ Benny Franklin, as it sported a broad, angular hairstyle and big glasses. Instead, street artist Reed […]
March 3, 2020

Center City ♥’s Beards

Ladies and gents: do you swoon at the sight of a bushy beard? Do lumberjack types make you weak in the knees? Join the crowd. Razor and trimmer manufacturer Wahl named Philadelphia America’s most beard-friendly city in 2018, and it’s true that the City of Brotherly Love loves the follicly-blessed. Our own governor, Tom Wolf, sports a well-coiffed beard, and […]
February 27, 2020

The Top Philadelphia Speakeasies

It’s the Twenties again – the 2020s, that is – and, just like one hundred years ago when flappers and sheiks partied during Prohibition, speakeasy bars are all the rage. There may be no legal restriction on adults consuming alcohol these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to pretend you are doing something illicit. In a a city […]
February 26, 2020

America’s First Safe Injection Site to Open in South Philly

In a move that can only be described as controversial, Philadelphia non-profit Safehouse announced its plans to open the country’s first supervised injection site in South Philly next week. Put very simply, supervised injection sites are safe places for drug addicts to bring their own drugs and inject themselves with clean needles, with medical staff on standby in case of […]
February 25, 2020

Pokemon Go Bringing Special Safari Zone to Center City

Unless you were living under a rock in 2016, you probably at least downloaded Pokemon Go onto your phone. The mobile app, which capitalizes on the nostalgia factor that 80s and 90s babies have for their pocket monsters, has made billions of dollars in the nearly four years it has been in existence. Now on the fifth “generation” of Pokemon, […]
February 19, 2020
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BREAKING: Philly Jesus Makes Headlines Again

Update: when I wrote about Philly Jesus yesterday afternoon (EST), I had no idea that another news story about JC’s biggest fan had surfaced. Read about Philly Jesus yesterday and couldn’t get enough? Boy, have I got an update for you. Michael Grant, a homeless Christian who cosplays as Our Lord and Savior and has been known to disrupt Center […]
February 18, 2020

The Strange (But True) Saga of Philly Jesus

Most big cities have a patron saint. I was today years old when I discovered that Philly’s is John Nepomucene Neumann, a former bishop in the City of Brotherly Love who was America’s first canonized male saint. Ask a rando in Center City if they have heard about good ol’ Saint John, and you’ll probably get blank stares. But Philly […]