CitizenCast—Guest Commentary: Why Immigrants are Good for the Economy

A high school econ teacher did the math. While there may be reasons to curb immigration—money isn’t one of them. Listen to the story now

The Citizen Recommends: Philadelphia Mini Maker Faire

This Sunday, join Philly's creatives for a day celebrating the ideas and innovations that keep the city moving forward at the Philadelphia Mini Maker Faire

By Syra Ortiz-Blanes

Guest Commentary: In Defense of the Soda Tax

In response to a Citizen commentary, the Executive Director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth argues that the soda tax is working, for kids and the city

By Donna Cooper

Meet The Disruptor: Jared Cannon

The chef/entrepreneur’s Simply Good Jars vending machines are combating food waste while promoting healthy eating and local sourcing.

By Patrick Bilow

Guest Commentary: It’s time to shake up the Office of Property Assessment

A 70 percent reassessment prompts a software engineer to ask some tough questions

By Aaron Bauman

Landing on Your Feet

Local nonprofit PAR-Recycle Works teaches those recently released from prison to break down electronics—and sells the resulting scrap metal

By Jill Harkins

Notes from a Committee Person: How I Ran for Office—and Barely Won

In the first of a series, a young Philadelphian takes the political plunge for civic engagement—and bouncy houses

By Jamie Bogert

Ideas We Should Steal: Political Committees run like Allegheny

Philly 3.0’s engagement director looks west for ways to fix our antiquated political system

By Jon Geeting