Citizen Speaks: The University and The City

Our sold-out Citizen Speaks event brought five city university presidents together for the first time. Hopefully it's not the last

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Black Degrees Matter

A campaign led by Boys’ Latin is forcing the city to face a painful truth

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Just What Is A Sanctuary City?

Everything you always wanted to know about the debate no one knows anything about. A special report.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Marketing for Good

Behavioral scientists from local universities are trying to figure out how to get more city residents using more services, like tax rebates and bike shares. It could mean a whole new approach to customer service.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Sleep out with Covenant House

The city’s shelter for homeless youth is expanding, but more needs to be done. Join them by sleeping outside on a cardboard box to help out

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Dine 4 Democracy

Dine 4 Democracy, powered by The Philadelphia Citizen, is launching a movement of engaged citizens, one dinner party at a time

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Updates: Neighborhood Film Company

As their commercial business has exploded, they’ve taken time out for a short paean to the place Ricky Staub loves most in the world: North Philly

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Waste Not, Want Not

The city is set to launch a digital tool to catalog the enormity of trash in Philadelphia, as part of a larger movement to reduce waste. Will it finally fix the litter problem?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: I Am Jane Doe

The documentary about sex trafficking, produced by a local philanthropist, opens Friday and asks: What happens when child sex traffickers hide behind the First Amendment?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Never a Better Time to Solve the World’s Problems

160 high school students from 20 schools are taking on this year’s Aspen Challenge, devising real solutions to real world problems

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy