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?
Ideas We Should Steal: College Savings For Every Baby
Joe Torsella, candidate for State Treasurer, wants to give every newborn in Pennsylvania a college savings plan. That makes him a politician actually running on an innovative idea
Ideas We Should Steal: Free gun locks
Gun locks prevent accidental shootings of and by children. Philly should follow the example of Boston and others in giving them away—or follow the lead of one of our own
Ideas We Should Steal: Infant Caregiver Project
Pre-K is great. But helping parents of even younger kids might be even better