Guest Commentary: In Defense of My Friend, Darrell

A longtime developer responds to a Citizen critique of retiring City Council President Darrell Clarke

By Bart Blatstein

The Real Legacy of Darrell Clarke

Is the retiring City Council President a statesman … or has he been a guardian of the status quo?

By Larry Platt

Reality Check: Will a New Police Chief Above Our Old Police Chief Change Anything?

City Councilmembers are celebrating the idea of a “Public Safety Director” to oversee violence reduction in Philly. But, WURD’s midday host wonders, what will that really solve?

By Charles D. Ellison

What Darrell Clarke’s Leaving Council Means for the 2023 Election

The City Council president announced he will not run for reelection in the 5th District, which he has served since 1999. Philly 3.0’s engagement director lays out how that will affect Council races this spring

By Jon Geeting

How to End Philadelphia’s Staffing Crisis

One in seven city jobs are vacant, creating a backlog in services to residents. It may be time to rethink who, and how, we hire

By Nick Russo

2023 Philadelphia City Council Candidates’ Race for Money

As the pool of candidates for City Council balloons, Philly 3.0’s engagement director looks at how much candidates — both incumbent and prospective members — have raised

By Jon Geeting

Can We Just Rename Taney Street, Already?

A dedicated group of citizens has spent three years trying to change the name of the tiny Philadelphia street that honors a big non-Philadelphian racist. Why won’t their Councilmembers let it happen?

By Lauren McCutcheon

Elections Office Drama

City Commissioners Lisa Deeley and Seth Bluestein may be at risk of losing their jobs in the 2023 election, Philly 3.0’s engagement director observes. That could have consequences for the all-important 2024 presidential race

By Jon Geeting