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

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

WATCH: Book Club With Dr. Michele Harper

During our first virtual event of 2021, the ER doctor and best-selling author shared what it means to break—and to heal—on the frontlines of medicine

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Citizen Recommends: “Dear President Biden”

American Values, Religious Voices—a campaign that creates pathways for civic discourse—will come to the stage on Monday with a live virtual performance and conversation

By Jessica Blatt Press

STEM Jobs For All

A small new Science Center program trains overlooked Philadelphians for careers in our city’s burgeoning life sciences industry. Its mission: carving out a path to high-paying, in-demand jobs

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Citizen Recommends: Iron Sharpens Iron

The podcast, launching today from two community organizers, aims to empower every citizen to improve our city, one front stoop at a time

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Citizen Recommends: BalletX Beyond

With its new online subscription service, local contemporary dance company BalletX continues its tradition of breaking the mold. Could its pivot model a way forward for the beleaguered arts community in Philly, and elsewhere?

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Power of Snapshots

While Covid-19 has forced the closure of many after-school programs, Photography Without Borders continues to empower North Philly youth with cameras, connections—and confidence. And now, the students’ work has gone national.

By Jessica Blatt Press