Week 4: Charles Barkley’s Black History Month All-Stars

A spotlight on six African-American heroes from Philadelphia, such as astronaut Guion Bluford, writer Charlotte Forten Grimké and physician Nathan Francis Mossell

By Charles Barkley

The Virus and the City: How Innovation Districts Can Lead Inclusive Recovery

Drexel’s Metro Finance director lays out a proposal for equitable economic growth that capitalizes on tech hubs, like Philly’s thriving medical industry. Can the federal government make it happen?

By Bruce Katz, Bob Geolas and Julie Wagner

Tech for Trash

The city’s first program under its Smart City Roadmap has diverted more than 100,000 pounds of local electronics and clothing from landfills—and helped get computers into Philly homes that need them

By Jessica Blatt Press

Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

Check out East Passyunk Restaurant Week, try some unique outdoor dining experiences and more fun things to do in Philly this weekend during Covid-19

By Josh Middleton

The Best Way To Eliminate College Debt

Some debt forgiveness could help students and the economy. But a longtime college president makes the case for another strategy: Preventing the debt in the first place.

By Elaine Maimon

Will Pop-Ups Save Philly’s Food Scene?

It’s getting harder for independent restaurants to survive. Could the sharing economy of pop-ups help preserve diversity in our food businesses?

By Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme

Idea We Should Steal: Desegregating the Region

A Connecticut coalition is fighting housing discrimination, and its effects, by taking on a little-understood piece of bureaucracy: zoning laws. Could a similar approach make for a more equitable Philly region?

By Jessica Blatt Press

An Answer to Philly’s Budget Woes?

Mayor Kenney announced a $450 million budget shortfall. How much of that, Philly 3.0’s engagement director wonders, could the City make up by selling its vacant land?

By Jon Geeting