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

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

By Larry Platt

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

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Infant Caregiver Project

Pre-K is great. But helping parents of even younger kids might be even better

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Loans for Low-Income Homeowners

Want gentrification to benefit everyone? Council President Darrell Clarke should look to Detroit

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: CityScore

In Boston, two dozen metrics combine to score how the city is doing on a daily basis. Is Philly primed to do the same?

By Alex Braden