The Hang Out Cure

At a conference focusing on innovation and the future, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld broached an old-fashioned—but radical—idea that Pennsylvania pols need to hear

By Larry Platt

Finally, A Hero

When a judge sent disgraced DA Seth Williams to jail to await sentencing, it was a display of what’s too often missing in Philly corruption cases: Outrage

By Larry Platt

Intolerance, Philly-Style

When a rabid crowd of protesters shut down a public hearing last week on the economic impact of the soda tax, the real victim was Democracy itself

By Larry Platt

Taking On Recidivism

AG Josh Shapiro is determined to make it easier for returning citizens to adjust to life after prison. Just don’t call him soft on crime.

By Larry Platt

Meet The Disruptor: Nick Bayer

For the Saxbys CEO, honored this month as Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, it’s about much more than the coffee

By Larry Platt

Idea We Should Steal: Top Two Elections

The best way to fix our fragile democracy might be a nonpartisan electoral system that rewards moderation and increases competition

By Larry Platt

The Problem With Spin

The casual dishonesty about Mayor Kenney’s Iceland trip should have you rolling your eyes

By Larry Platt

“My Service Makes Me Whole”

Recent headlines have had me searching for inspiration. Last week, it came in two surprising forms: From City Year and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

By Larry Platt

What Change Feels Like

Watch out, establishment—something is in the air. Now let’s make sure our new faces also think anew

By Larry Platt

Is This Any Way To Elect Judges?

Tomorrow, most of you won’t know anything about the judges you vote for. How’d we get here?

By Larry Platt