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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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?
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.
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
Ideas We Should Steal: Parking Battle Bots
Robot lawyers are overturning thousands of parking tickets in New York City. When will they invade Philly?