Ideas We Should Steal: Democracy Vouchers
In Seattle, residents get cash vouchers to support political candidates. It could even the playing field—and bring more people out to the polls
Ideas We Should Steal: Urban Food Forest
Seattle’s Beacon Forest provides free native edibles to anyone in the city. Could the soda tax make it possible for a Philly group to do the same here?
Ideas We Should Steal: Anonymous Food Pantries
More people in Philadelphia are going hungry than ever. Can we end the stigma of seeking free food?
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?