O Captain, My Block Captain
The city Streets Department accidentally made it easier to find your block captain. Look for yours—or become one
The Case For a Gentrification Dividend
Sending neighbors a check whenever a nearby building goes up would send the message that everyone should benefit from growth
A Park of Their Own
Can fixing a park in South Philly’s Cambodia Town help build a vibrant neighborhood in a forgotten corner of the city?
Reality Check: Who decides what buildings to preserve?
WURD’s afternoon host wonders why there are so few black and brown people on the city’s new Historic Preservation Task Force
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?
Buy Nothing, Gain A Neighbor
A Facebook gifting page has residents all over Philly actually talking to each other and sharing stuff—joining one might even get you Springsteen tickets
Refugees from Bhutan and Nepal are reuniting with their farmer roots in South Philly. It’s not just nostalgia for their agrarian past; it’s also a path to jobs
The Citizen Recommends: Finding Tomorrow’s American Dream
East Mount Airy is on the verge of either falling into poverty or thriving. Next City is exploring why–and seeking solutions from residents.
12 Ways of Looking at the NFL Draft
A Fairmount resident, in the epicenter of the city’s festival-mania, wonders: Do I hate fun?
Building a Goldilocks City
What’s lost in the furor over the fate of Jewelers Row is a larger debate about how Philly really wants to grow