How do protests and a pandemic invite us to rediscover play?
The power of play
Danie Jackson knows that taking a walk is safer for some bodies than for others—but there are still ways to stay open to the good in the world.
Deep in the pandemic, can a neighborhood’s character survive?
Still the one who walks
Before a virus turned the world upside down, Anndee Hochman was a familiar figure to her neighbors as she walked Germantown Avenue. What has changed? What is perennial, even in a pandemic?
When the pandemic hit, what was your beloved community?
The city is my home
What might Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for beloved community look like in pandemic-era Philadelphia? Melissa Strong considers.
What’s next for the Frank Rizzo statue?
A real monument to the people
The Frank Rizzo statue is in city storage. What did the bronze body and its removal signify, and what comes next? Helen Walsh considers.
After fostering a cat in quarantine, I had to rethink my relationships
The pandemic led Christina Anthony to foster a homeless cat for two weeks, and she remembered that our relationships with animals can say a lot about our relationships to people.
I grew up in South Philly. Here’s what heritage means to me.
What happens to cultures that stand like statues?
Is it Delaware Avenue or Columbus Boulevard? Dan Gold grew up in South Philly, and with the Rizzo statue gone and Columbus in a box, he wonders what his neighbors are defending.
When a pandemic means having time to change your mind
The contrarian in quarantine
Stay-at-home orders could be an excuse to become even more set in our ways, but when Joshua Herren decided to do the opposite, he surprised himself.
Understanding Donald Trump (continued)
So you want Trump to wear a mask?
When germophobes were perceived as neurotic, Trump celebrated his own germophobia. What has changed?
Do video games have potential for social impact?
‘Moore Scouts’ and the near future of gaming
Moore College of Art & Design’s Animation & Game Arts students talk with Kyle V. Hiller about gaming’s impact on their lives, and how the medium can be a platform for marginalized voices.
I date people of different genders, but let's skip the labels about sexuality
I’m comfortable with myself. Are you?
Daralyse Lyons wishes the people she’s dated were comfortable enough with themselves to accept all of her, including her fluid sexuality.