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Category Archive for 'Life in the Big City'

Morning Glory Diner in South Philadelphia comes up with innovative names for their specials on the weekend. The “Antonin Scalia is a Douche” special brought eggs scrambled or in a frittata with andouille sausage, tomato, scallions and monterey jack cheese. There was enough sausage to make around 150 of the dish, and it was so […]

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It was quite a storm last night: commuter trains still not up, more than a half-million homes without power, hundreds of downed trees and damaged houses, a collapsed house in Fishtown, and at least eight reported funnel clouds in the area. The sky was the eerie green you see in tornado weather, but the tornadoes […]

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That’s what Bon Appetit says about my friend Joe Beddia’s place in Fishtown. Bookmark It

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Huh

Hope everything’s okay (my cousin works at the support center): NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — U.S. Naval facilities in both Northeast and South Philadelphia have been evacuated due to an unspecified threat. The evacuation was ordered around 11 a.m. at the Naval Support Activity Center in Northeast Philadelphia, located at 700 Robbins Street in the Lawndale […]

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It’s Day 10 of a dead washer, and I finally had to give in and go to the laundromat. Unless you’re living in one of the hip areas, laundromats are mostly for poor people. I went to one of the few remaining places that doesn’t screw people excessively (like requiring you to load $20 onto […]

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The thing I used to love about Philly was how affordable it was. Not now! The rents are going much, much higher and my nightmare is that I’ll have to move back to the suburbs. Nice to see at least one major city doing something about it: Berlin has become the first city in Germany […]

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I’m sure more than a few of us can relate, yes? I once lost a whole truck over a few hundred bucks. It had been towed, and when I called the company they told me they’d need a few hundred dollars for the fee. I didn’t have a few hundred dollars. So I told them […]

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The clown car is getting bigger as George Pataki enters the race… It should be a mild Atlantic hurricane season and here’s the summer forecast for the U.S…. Astrologer Susan Miller tells how to survive and plan for (yeah, right) the Mercury retrograde… Here’s a nice NPR story about independent booksellers making a come back… […]

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I’m way past the time when I allow myself to fall in love with candidates. But I admit to feeling a wee bit hopeful about what Jim Kenney can do for my beloved Philadelphia. Via the New York Times: Jim Kenney, a former Philadelphia city councilman who has cast himself as a progressive in the […]

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This is a BBC documentary about Philadelphia’s high rate of violent crime. So mixed emotions: I don’t trust cops, as I’ve said before. But I don’t hate them — at least, not all of them, and not all the time. But look how they react to the suggestion that they might be hassling good guys: […]

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