Ideas We Should Steal: A Fairer Evictions Court

Proposed legislation would provide free lawyers for Philly tenants at risk of evictions, similar to how defendants are guaranteed counsel in criminal court. Could it help even the playing field here, as it has in New York City?

By Steve Volk

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

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

The Citizen Updates: Women’s Community Revitalization Project

One year after the death of Jeremy Nowak—The Citizen’s visionary founding chairman—we check in with the first-ever grantee of the award named in his honor

By Jessica Press

Ideas We Should Steal: Campus 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. In Philly, that could be huge

By Nick Fiorellini

Ideas We Should Steal: Less Driving

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

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Reducing Poverty—Together

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

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Free Childcare at City Meetings

Ithaca, New York, just eliminated the biggest barrier to civic engagement among parents. Could babysitting bring more voices into the conversation in Philly, too?

By Jessica Press