Philadelphia Gets Moving with “Philly Powered”

To any resident of Philadelphia, it would come as no big surprise that the state of public health in the city isn’t exactly the best. The City of Brotherly Love has been ranked pretty poorly in recent years, as far as to be named both the poorest city in America and the fattest. This makes…

As Mayoral Election Looms, Participation Remains Bleak

It’s no secret that the voter turnout rate in the US is abysmal. Even in the 2012 Presidential election, arguably the most important election for Americans, only 55% of registered voters came out to the ballot boxes. If that seems bad, it’s even worse for local elections. There are nearly 1000 polling places that spring up around the…

Anxiety and Athletics

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America, with more than 40 million Americans affected. Despite these high numbers, less than a third receive treatment. Treatment comes with high costs and can be difficult. Fortunately, there are other options: an increasingly recognized correlation between mental and physical health means that one type of…

Campaign Aims to Bring Car-Free Streets to Philadelphia

In late September, Philadelphia collectively began gearing up to prepare for Pope Francis’ historic visit to the City of Brotherly Love. Like a scene from out of some sort of apocalyptic fiction, the streets became deserted. Rather than housing the daily bustle of traffic, the roads became home to security personnel and concrete barricades. One…

Mayor Nutter Declares Papal Visit a Success

History was made on in September, as Pope Francis visited the city of Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families Conference, the largest meeting of Catholic families in the world. The event hosted speakers, discussions and workshops at the Philadelphia Convention Center from Sept. 22-25, but the real events began the weekend of the 26th,…