Guest Commentary: “I sing to the people of Philadelphia”

A local poet writes—and reads—a paean to the city he loves

By g emil reutter

Citizen of the Week: Kemar Jewel

The Philly native and Temple-trained choreographer has gone viral with dances that celebrate the Black queer experience—and offer hope for all of us

By Jessica Blatt Press

Things to Do in Philly This Week

Catch a flick or two during Philadelphia's “Black Sundance,” grab some new greenery for your home at a PHS Pop-Up Garden plant swap and more fun happenings in Philadelphia this week

By Josh Middleton

The Trash Election?

Philadelphians are fed up with the garbage piling up on our streets. That’s why, Philly 3.0’s engagement director notes, the next mayor may be the one with a vision for cleaning up the city

By Jon Geeting

Mystery Shopper: Requesting a New Book at the Free Library

If there's a book you want that's not part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection, will they add it to the catalogue? In the latest installment of our Mystery Shopper series, one of The Citizen’s (many) resident bookworms finds out.

The Virus and the City: The Key To Inclusive Business Recovery

How cities and states use federal rescue funds to spark recovery can be the difference between success and failure, Drexel’s Metro Finance head says. Here, learnings Philly should heed.

By Bruce Katz, Ian O'Grady, Michael Tolan and Colin HIggins

The Phillies Strikeout

Half the team is unvaccinated. Here's why Phillies manager Joe Girardi has failed the test of leadership by saying it's a "personal choice."

By Larry Platt

The Citizen Recommends: BlackStar Film Festival

Come together to support and celebrate the visionary work of Black, brown, and indigenous filmmakers from August 4 through 8

By Isabelle Eisenberg