Fighting Crime Through…Home Repairs?

According to new Penn research, home improvements can cut homicides by nearly 22 percent. Philly 3.0’s engagement director breaks down what that means for Philly

By Jon Geeting

Mystery Shopper: How hard is it to get rid of illegal dumpsters?

Residents of one South Philly block tried for months to get the City to take action against businesses piling garbage on their street. Why is it so hard to get anyone to listen?

Saving Sagging SEPTA

Philly's transit ridership is down. But, Philly 3.0’s engagement director says, bulk pass purchases for city workers and students can help.

By Jon Geeting

Does Council want to limit housing?

In the midst of an affordable housing crisis, City Council’s “zoning overlay” mania is out of control. Philly 3.0’s engagement director wonders: Where is Mayor Kenney?

By Jon Geeting

Partners not Problems

When trash pickup was again delayed this week, it raised the question: Why doesn’t local government see its citizens as part of the solution? A former city official offers ideas for how the City can do better to meet our expectations

By Lauren Vidas

Mystery Shopper: How user-friendly is SEPTA’s schedule app?

In the latest installment of our Mystery Shopper column, a local student test-drove how easy, or not, it is to navigate the city via SEPTA’s app

How to Make the Parkway Grand Again

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was a bold idea a century ago. As the city embarks on a redesign of our own Champs Elysees, a local urbanist has ideas for making it so again

By Diana Lind

Mystery Shopper: How hard is it to get street closure permits in Philly?

Moving? Throwing a block party? In our latest Mystery Shopper column, one Philadelphian finds out how to (temporarily!) keep people from parking on your street.