Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2019: Participatory Budgeting

Around the world, city officials gives residents money from their budgets to spend as they see fit. Check out this story from 2017 and find out more at our 2nd Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Ranked-Choice Voting

New York City is now the biggest jurisdiction that will let voters rank their favorite candidates in municipal elections. Could a similar change bring better elections to Philly?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Who’s Running for City Council?

Learn about all the candidates running for City Council during the Philadelphia general election on November 5

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: The 2nd Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival

This year’s lineup will feature HBO’s John Oliver, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and more. Join us at the Comcast Technology Center and be part of the solution

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Economic Case for Fixing Our Murder Problem

City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart’s new report on the economic impact of homicide proposes a proven path to reduce murders that will also increase tax revenue. Here, she talks about what comes next

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Business for Good: Shift Capital’s J-Centrel

The social-minded developer's newest project will offer residents a rent break to volunteer in Kensington. Could it solve the problem of gentrification?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Swap Columbus Day for an Election Day Holiday

The small city of Sandusky, Ohio, cancelled the out-of-step holiday in favor of one much needed. We should do that in Philly, too.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

No Common Sense on Guns

The only gun bills the state legislature will consider this year take us backwards, not forwards. Is there anything Philly can do?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy