The West Philly Housing Crisis That Was Utterly Avoidable

The UC Townhomes fiasco features a wealthy, easy-to-blame institution; fact-challenged protestors; an elected official who may be in over her head, and a compromise solution everybody seems hell bent on ignoring

By Larry Platt

Ideas We Should Steal: Decarbonize All The Buildings

Ithaca, New York is on track to become the first city in the nation to transition all of its buildings from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, reducing their carbon emissions by 400,000 tons per year. Can we do it in Philly too?

By Courtney DuChene

The Next Mayor’s Most Important Goal

One way to address many of the city’s most pressing needs, Philly 3.0’s engagement director argues, is by going all in towards one milestone: 2 million residents

By Jon Geeting

Ideas We Should Steal: Affordable housing as economic development

People are no longer moving for work; they’re moving for workforce housing, says Drexel’s Metro Finance Director. Let’s take advantage as cities have in Oklahoma and California

By Bruce Katz and Michael Saadine

Generation Change Philly: The Home Maker

Developer Mo Rushdy made his reputation on high-end luxury homes. Now, he’s turned his considerable talents to creating generational wealth for low- to middle-income Philadelphians

By Courtney DuChene

Who Will Clean Up Philly?

The City’s disorganization around Philly’s illegal dumping crisis is as messy as the dumping itself. A reporter who has spent months delving into the disaster calls for a leader we can count on

By Nick Russo

Infrastructure Alone Does Not A City Make

Federal funding is pushing cities to launch projects that will transform their physical environments. But, Drexel’s Metro Finance director cautions, more is needed to truly build vibrant and vital neighborhoods

By Bruce Katz

Ideas We Should Steal: The 20-Minute Neighborhood

Paris, Portland, Houston and even Detroit are planning neighborhoods where residents can walk or bike to everything they need for a healthy and vibrant life. Is now the time to do the same in Philly?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy