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Where is the Umbrella Man statue that used to reside outside the Prince Theater?

Known popularly as “Umbrella Man,” he stepped forward, as if signaling a cab in the rain. He was last seen in front of the then-Prince Music Theater. But sometime in 2015, along with the Prince, he disappeared.

Where is the Umbrella Man statue that used to reside outside the Prince Theater?

Known popularly as “Umbrella Man,” he stepped forward, as if signaling a cab in the rain. He was last seen in front of the then-Prince Music Theater. But sometime in 2015, along with the Prince, he disappeared.

Vanguard bought a Chester County farm years ago with visions of expanding its campus. Now the land’s up for sale.

For more than 15 years, the investment giant Vanguard Group has owned 200 bucolic acres of farmland in Uwchlan Township, Chester County, which it had planned to make into an additional campus. But plans changed and the land is now for sale.

Vanguard bought a Chester County farm years ago with visions of expanding its campus. Now the land’s up for sale.

For more than 15 years, the investment giant Vanguard Group has owned 200 bucolic acres of farmland in Uwchlan Township, Chester County, which it had planned to make into an additional campus. But plans changed and the land is now for sale.

Recycling in Philadelphia: What to know about bins with lids

"I think the lids are a pretty easy way to eliminate that one source of litter: stuff that gets blown away from the recycling bin if they are uncovered.”

Recycling in Philadelphia: What to know about bins with lids

"I think the lids are a pretty easy way to eliminate that one source of litter: stuff that gets blown away from the recycling bin if they are uncovered.”
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Can I get fired for sharing my salary publicly?

A spreadsheet that has made more than 2,500 museum worker salaries public prompted the question.

NYC crash spurs questions about helicopters in cities: Here’s why they fly over Philly

From medical transports to tours, here's what the helicopters in the Philly area are doing.

Are flocks of New Yorkers moving to Philadelphia? Yes, but what does it mean?

Philadelphians have worried about invaders from the north for years.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese was never from Philly. So why do we call it that?

Philadelphia Cream Cheese was never really “from” Philly. But with the city on an upswing, the brand name now has more positive associations than it once did.

Philly's downtown is known as Center City. But not everyone calls it that.

As we know oh-so-well here at the Inquirer, stories about neighborhood names and designations provoke passionate feelings.

What are those brown boxes on light poles across the Philly region? Government surveillance? Alien invasion?

So far 1,824 of these brown boxes have been installed in Philadelphia in public rights-of-way. But that’s only the leading edge of an invasion. City residents will start seeing more -- many more -- of these boxes. And so will residents of town throughout the region.

The logic behind Philly's tree-centric street names

The names fit neatly into William Penn's efforts to market the city as a “greene Country Towne."

Why is the top of Philadelphia’s City Hall tower a different color than the rest of the building?

Was it an oversight during a renovation project or is there a technical reason?

Primary election 2019: What do you want to know about the races for mayor, City Council, and more?

With the polls open, The Inquirer wants to know more about what you want to know about the primary election.

Why does Philly use ‘Center City’ instead of ‘downtown?’

The answer can be found in history and the bottom-up power of language usage.

They’re rare, but you can find 17th-century buildings in Philadelphia

While you’re unlikely to see a 400-year-old structure on a regular basis, a couple buildings have been standing since the 1600s.

How do judicial elections in Philadelphia work and why do we vote for judges?

Pennsylvania is one of only eight states that elects all its judges from trial courts to the Supreme Court. Here’s how it works and how it got that way.

Why are so few buildings from the 1876 Centennial in Fairmount Park still standing?

The exposition on the banks of the Schuylkill — the first World’s Fair in the United States — featured some 200 buildings. Just two remain.