Now What?


As we contemplate the end of the pandemic, here’s what we should keep

From working from home to voting by mail to dining by the light of a street lamp, the pandemic has reshaped our worlds in ways that are not all bad. We could even end up learning to love Zoom.

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Don’t count out office buildings yet. Philly developers push ahead with new, pandemic-resistant designs.

A growing number of lab buildings are becoming oases of activity when traditional offices are empty.
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Don’t count out office buildings yet. Philly developers push ahead with new, pandemic-resistant designs.

A growing number of lab buildings are becoming oases of activity when traditional offices are empty.

The aftermath for a society preoccupied with COVID-19 death: Post-traumatic stress, or growth?

We're living in a society preoccupied with death. It can be awful, but there's an upside to understanding how precious life is.

The aftermath for a society preoccupied with COVID-19 death: Post-traumatic stress, or growth?

We're living in a society preoccupied with death. It can be awful, but there's an upside to understanding how precious life is.

Booze, weed, gambling, porn, candy, sloth: Will our pandemic-acquired vices hang around after COVID-19 wanes?

How things play out depends partly on the economic wreckage from the virus after it’s brought under control, and partly on how individuals find their way through the COVID muck.

Booze, weed, gambling, porn, candy, sloth: Will our pandemic-acquired vices hang around after COVID-19 wanes?

How things play out depends partly on the economic wreckage from the virus after it’s brought under control, and partly on how individuals find their way through the COVID muck.
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Our aspirations haven’t changed, but COVID-19 has made us redefine how we get there

“If you are still here, you still need to dream,” said Heather Coletti. “You need to have a reason to get up every morning. Basic survival doesn’t feed you."

Philly didn’t become America’s poorest big city by chance. Here’s how we fix it. | Inga Saffron

Almost every major problem Philadelphia faces, from gun violence to the opioid epidemic, has its roots in poverty. The only way out of that cycle is to create more good-paying jobs.

Philadelphia’s traffic congestion was bad before the pandemic. It could get worse.

“We as Philadelphians should be considering ourselves in control of this to some extent.”

The pandemic is crushing Philly moms: ‘It’s a puzzle where the pieces don’t fit’

A month into this unprecedented school year, mothers in wildly different positions all seem to agree on one thing: It’s pushing them to the brink.

Pandemic precautions will be with us for a while. Here’s what the next 6 months will be like, according to Philly COVID-19 experts.

With more than a half-year of COVID-19 behind us, we look ahead. From treatments to vaccines, racial disparities to protective gear, immunity to nursing, here are trends to look for.

Having fun after COVID-19: Will the good times roll back, or stumble?

In clubs, at concerts, and at sporting events, some of us are going to party like it's the 1920s. But maybe not in one fell swoop.

Shut down by the coronavirus, Philadelphia’s convention center prepares to reopen

The convention-industrial complex is desperately looking for ways to reopen big meeting venues.

The impact of COVID-19 on our future vanity? Well-being will trump how we look.

“These choices will be based on what we want to do, not what others want us to do.”

What’s the fate of hugs, handshakes, and high-fives in a post-pandemic world?

“I think it’s going to be like a high-school dance. Everyone is nervous about getting on the dance floor."

Could COVID-19 inspire the faithful? Scholars predict spirituality surge in our future.

Being forced to reckon with death on a massive scale compels Americans to wonder why they’re here, what purpose their lives hold.

We’ll still share dessert, and all the other ways we won’t change our restaurant behavior after COVID-19

Some of our pre-pandemic dining patterns may seem cringeworthy now, but in the distant future, will the memory of COVID-19 change our ways?

What will sex, dating, and marriage look like on the other side of the pandemic?

Experts say lasting impacts could include dramatic shifts in what American households look like and in how they function day to day.

11 Philadelphians on what the coronavirus has taught them about letting go

The time for personal change is now. And we are making them. Some changes are incremental. Some are big. But the bottom line is we are are learning to let go of the things that don’t serve us.