The Most Transformative Project in America

Drexel’s Metro Finance Lab Director on an urban renewal project that could change Dayton—and set an example for cities everywhere. He talks with Mayor Nan Whaley at next week’s Ideas We Should Steal Festival.

By Bruce Katz

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2019: Growing the Pie, Not Cutting the Pieces

Drexel’s Metro Finance Lab Director Bruce Katz on growing inclusive wealth in city neighborhoods

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Citizen of the Week: Aminata Sandra Calhoun

The Belmont resident replaces blight with beauty in the hopes of restoring civic engagement in her neighborhood

By Brianna Baker

Ideas We Should Steal: CultureHouse

The Boston-area nonprofit builds indoor pop-up community spaces in vacant storefronts, spurring foot traffic and connections. Can a group of intrigued Philadelphians successfully bring it here?

By Jill Harkins

Foodizen: Composting in the City

Philadelphians dump 400,000 tons of food and yard scraps into the landfill every year. A city community composting pilot is working to put that waste to good use

By Katherine Rapin

A Quiet Revolution

Drexel’s Metro Finance Lab director says the U.S. could be on the brink of a radical shift in how underserved communities are revitalized—and he’s released a blueprint for how to get there

By Ross Baird and Bruce Katz

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

The Heartbeat of a Neighborhood

Violence in Overbrook might be what makes the news. But it’s not the whole—or even the most important—story to those who live there

By Nick Fiorellini