Audio: 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.

How to Reduce Gun Violence in Philly

Oakland cut its gun violence rate in half by using a version of programs Philly abandoned in 2015. Roxanne Patel Shepelavy asks: with shootings on the rise, isn’t it time we embraced Ceasefire?

Ideas We Should Steal: Hiring a Bug Czar

Philly is ground zero for bed bugs, and the only big city without a policy to help fight them. Sarah Jordan spoke with local pest educator Michelle Niedermeier, who wants to change that

Ideas We Should Steal: Neighbor-powered realty co-ops

In Minneapolis, neighbors joined together to develop property in their community. Jessica Press wonders if that approach could ensure Philly residents benefit from their changing neighborhoods too?

Ideas We Should Steal: Neighbor-powered realty co-ops

In Minneapolis, neighbors joined together to develop property in their community. Could that approach ensure Philly residents benefit from their changing neighborhoods too?

By Jessica Press

Ideas We Should Steal: College Thrift Stores

An upstate New York college helps reduce its community’s carbon footprint by giving students a way to recycle used clothes and textiles. Nick Fiorellini thinks it could be huge in Philly

Ideas We Should Steal: Less Driving

A new study shows that congestion costs us millions of dollars, pollutes our air, and is a hassle. Roxanne Patel Shepelavy wonders, can we be more like Paris?

Ideas We Should Steal: Reducing Poverty—Together

In Canada, communities lifted more than 200,000 families out of poverty in seven years. Roxanne Patel Shepelavy asks, why don’t we do what they did?