Says Karen Heller of the Washington Post:

The great orchestra, with its lush string section, would have played Beethoven.

The Sixers would have hosted Atlanta.

The art museum would have held its weekly house party.

Dozens of musical acts, including Thundercat, Tower of Power and Rodney Crowell, would have performed in beer-soaked venues. In the first weekend of spring, the restaurants, bars and clubs would have been swarmed.

Not now. During the covid-19 pandemic, nightlife has been indefinitely canceled; the city’s brash, intoxicating evening soundtrack hushed.

Philly’s most trampled streets are stripped of patrons. You can park almost anywhere on Walnut Street and pull U-turns on Frankford Avenue, Fishtown’s millennial playground. On South Street, the Theatre of the Living Arts concert marquee declares, “Yo Philly Stay Home.”