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Controversial event puts South Jersey town on edge


An event in South Jersey billed as a discussion about “ending racism, violence, and authoritarianism” is now under fire for giving a platform to “agents of hate,” touching off a thorny debate over the best way to engage controversial viewpoints. Read more »

Coming soon: Audio walking tour of Philly’s South Asian history, set to new music


“We want to demonstrate that this part of the city — which most people don’t associate with people of color, immigrants, or women — actually have always included those people from the earliest days,” said Samip Mallick, director and co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive. “We want to write South Asian Americans into the landscape of the American republic.” Read more »

‘Row house’ or ‘rowhouse’? Philly’s debate over a space

Ryan Briggs, investigative reporter for WHYY’s PlanPhilly, recently got pulled into a mystery a little less hard-hitting than usual: Is Philadelphia’s iconic home called a “row house” or a “rowhouse”? He explains why the question of a single space is so contentious, so steeped in Philadelphia history, and so wrapped up in our city’s identity. 


‘It’s a thankless job’: Kenney says next top Philly cop will face same challenges Ross did


Mayor Jim Kenney emphasized that it was former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross’ choice to step down, and said he was hesitant at first “just out of human feeling.” “We both agreed that it was the best course of action for the department at this particular time,” Kenney said. Read more »

Tenants forced out of Old City apartments as building changes over to short-term rentals


A residential building at 509 Vine St., known as the Boekel building, is turning into an apartment-style hotel. All units will become short-term rentals — a la Airbnb. And residents are not happy about it. Read more »

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