Ideas We Should Steal: Free Legal Help for Poor Tenants

Over 15 percent of Philadelphia renters in some areas lose their homes every year. A New York program that pays for tenant lawyers dropped that city’s eviction rate by 24 percent

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: Citywide Composting

Ottawa, Canada, processes up to 100,000 tons of compost per year, saving money and fighting climate change. Philly needs to get a little dirty, too

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: What’s Good in the Agrihood?

Detroiters are transforming empty acreage into an urban farming community. Could it work in Philly?

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: A day in court without leaving home

Michigan and Ohio courts use an online system to adjudicate simple cases in a fraction of the usual time. In Philly, it could resolve over 450,000 cases a year

By Stephen St.Vincent

Ideas We Should Steal: Indigenous Peoples Day

Cities around the country have replaced Columbus Day with a celebration of native people. In Philly, we celebrate a fairy tale that isn’t even historically true. Isn’t it time that changed?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Even Year Elections

Cities around the country are moving local elections to even years, when turnout is (relatively) robust. In Philly, that could mean around 190,000 more people voting for the next mayor

By Stephen St.Vincent

Ideas We Should Steal: Declaring War on Tax Deadbeats

New York City has had great success collecting back taxes. Why don’t we do what they’ve done?

By Larry Platt

Ideas We Should Steal: Starting School in August

Some 15,000 Philly charter school students started school already. Following their lead could benefit all Philly families.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools

In Denmark, students learn empathy the way they learn math, in school. Not coincidentally, the Danes are the happiest people on earth

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Parking Battle Bots

Robot lawyers are overturning thousands of parking tickets in New York City. When will they invade Philly?

By Stephen St.Vincent