Business for Good: YING

Karla Ballard has raised over $1 million for her app, which seeks to replicate the community of helpful neighbors she grew up with in Philadelphia, one task at a time

By Courtney DuChene

Citizen of the Week: Damaris Alvarado-Rodriguez

The director of progressive, accessible childcare centers is on a mission to provide opportunities for children and adults — including through a new teacher apprenticeship program starting this week

By Lauren McCutcheon

Guest Commentary: Without More Jobs, Our Future is Limited

In a groundbreaking new report, the head of Center City District starkly lays out the problem — and calls for Philadelphia’s next mayor to fully invest in growth

By Paul R. Levy

Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Security Deposit Alternatives

Philly rents rose 6 percent during the pandemic, making security deposits even harder for new tenants. A Cincinnati law is applying private market disruption to the problem. Should we do that here too?

By Jill Harkins

The Citizen Recommends: Investing in Women

The authors of The XX Edge — which lays out why investing in women-led organizations is socially important and profitable — bring their message to The Free Library on Wednesday

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Virus and the City: Learning from … Erie?

A broad, bipartisan coalition of Erie leaders is implementing one of the most ambitious, equitable investment plans in the country. Drexel’s Metro Finance head lays out what we can learn from them

By Bruce Katz and Florian Schalliol

Business for Good: Brightly

The immigrant-owned cleaning service co-operative, opening in Philly next spring, offers workers a pathway to the American middle class

By Courtney DuChene

Watch: Equity and Growth: Oxymoron No Longer?

At a Citizen event on Wednesday we heard from three civic leaders who just might hold the key to building a strong middle class here in Philadelphia

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy