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Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, Executive Editor of The Philadelphia Citizen
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, 

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy has been a Philadelphia journalist for more than two decades. She’s an award-winning magazine writer whose work in national and regional magazines explored the effects of war; the moral and literal cost of healthcare; kick-ass female athletes; art capers; self-help scams; and a range of women’s and social issues. She now oversees the editorial operations of The Citizen, where she writes and edits stories about solutions to problems in Philly.

Roxanne is passionate about Philadelphia, a city she loves and worries over in equal measure.

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Stories by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy:

The Fix: How To Reform The City Charter

Our Drexel class on rewriting Philly’s constitution last year produced dozens of ideas. Here are some of the best for changing the relationship between government and the governed.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Choose Democracy

The assault on the U.S. Capitol yesterday was (let’s hope) the nadir of our 240 year history. It’s time to pick a side: Are you for or against democracy?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

52 Small Ways To Make A Better Philly in 2021

Do one thing a week that makes you a better citizen of your city. Here, some ideas to get you started

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Suck It, 2020!

A compendium of the things we cared about in a super crappy year

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2020: “Agents of Transformation”

We wrapped up our month long Ideas We Should Steal Festival with ideas, solutions and inspiration for creating a better Philadelphia

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Integrity Icon 2020: Meet Thomas Quinn

The Central High School social studies teacher is empowering our city’s youth to exercise their most profound civic right: voting

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2020: Hope Matters

Five takeaways from Week 3 of our third annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival—and ways we can all take action to make change in Philly

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2020: “Joy Is A Form of Rebellion”

Five takeaways from Week 2 of our Ideas We Should Steal Festival—and ways we can all make a better city

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy