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  • SEPTA is heading for a crash

    Neal Santos Self-hating Philadelphians love to complain about the city and its services. One of their favorite targets? The underrated, underfunded, enormous and, yes, aromatic Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, known with strained affection as SEPTA. Linger even a few minutes around City Hall Station and it’s not hard to find a dissatisfied...

    • Jan 18, 2022
  • Stick a fork in it

    Neal Santos Our goose is cooked City Paper food writers were never bored. They browsed the market with Neil Stein’s fish buyer. They plumbed the dumpling depths of the city. They took road trips with Philly chefs, documenting the prep work and trash talk for a James Beard House dinner. They watched...

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • City Paper ponders its fate at Oscar’s Tavern: a play

    SCENE: Oscar’s, a crowded happy hour. In the big rectangular booth in the back, their regular spot, sit two 36-page issues of PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER, nursing tall lagers and surrounded by empty shot glasses. The waitress, DEE, shoots them a sympathetic look as she drops off another round. CITY PAPER: Hey, man....

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • The Bell Curve: Our weekly quality-of-life-o-meter

    [-4]  This is the last issue of City Paper. The district attorney is legally permitted to seize it from you at any time. [+1]  This is the last issue of City Paper. Thank you for storing your garbage in our boxes. [-5]  This is the last issue of City Paper. Orange is...

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • Memories: Former top editors remember favorite moments at ‘City Paper’

    City Paper co-founders Chris Hill and Bruce Schimmel Chris Hill, 1981-1987After its first couple of years in Germantown, we moved City Paper to the northwest corner of 13th and Sansom. First task? Installing the handmade galley tables. (The paper was still built using long galleys — strips of print and hard-copy photos...

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • City Paper film critics’ end credits

    Mysteriously, the ghastly visage of Sam Adams appears in several frames of the extended cut of M. Night Shyamalan?s ?The Sixth Sense. This has never been explained. Sam Adams/ A / Writing for City Paper never threatened to make anyone rich, but it offered something more valuable: freedom. When I asked to...

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • News that mattered: 10 memorable ‘City Paper’ stories

    Over the course of its 34 years, City Paper has written countless stories that ended injustices, prompted state investigations or federal lawsuits or were revelatory in explaining the human condition. Some simply embarrassed the hell out of miscreants who were plainly deserving. Here are 10 memorable stories from the last two years....

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • Icepack: The All-Knowing I

    Pat Rapa The author In its earlier years, City Paper existed in a wilder, less sober state than what you see now, and won’t see any longer. I’d like to think my 24-year-old Icepack column — a haven of bitchy gossip, questionable behavior and genuine scoops — made CP more weirdly wonderful....

    • Oct 7, 2015
  • Writing’s a crummy business, but here’s why I’m staying in it

    Here in the City Paper newsroom, it’s quiet as we work at putting out our last issue. Over the past several days, I’ve pored over CP’s archives, tweeting and posting the best of this institution’s journalism. In other words, I repeatedly saw this paper’s, and this profession’s, intrinsic value. It’s a strange...

    • Oct 7, 2015
  • Review: ‘Mississippi Grind’

    While their past features, like Half Nelson and Sugar, examine human fallibility within the scope of noble vocations, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s latest concentrates squarely on bad people with worse habits. There’s no real glamour to problem gambling, and Mississippi Grind doubles down on that truth, turning the underrated Ben Mendelsohn...

    • Oct 1, 2015

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