Guest Commentary: New Direction on Law Enforcement in Philly? Don’t Be So Sure.

Parker makes a politically safe pick for Police Commissioner, the re-elected Sheriff continues to be an embarrassment, and the SEPTA and Temple Police Departments struggle for survival.

By A. Benjamin Mannes

What Should Cherelle Parker Do to Drive Down Shootings?

The Mayor-elect campaigned on stop-and-frisk, increasing police and bringing in the National Guard. Her constituents have strong views on all of that

By Mensah M. Dean

Big Rube’s Philly: Hug the Block

The legendary photographer and chef sees old friends and appreciates a new paradigm for keeping Philly safe

By Reuben Harley

The Citizen Recommends: House of the Living

A new Elkins Park-based exhibit pays respect to victims of gun violence, while giving all Philadelphians a space to reflect and heal

By Erinda Sheno

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2023: Reducing Gun Violence with Roca’s Molly Baldwin

Roca, a program in Massachusetts and Baltimore trains shooters to refrain from shooting by literally changing their minds. See the founder at Ideas We Should Steal Festival on November 17

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Seeing the Unseen

Through visual art and public gatherings, fashion designer Zarinah Lomax’s Apologues is telling the stories of our city’s trauma — and its survivors

By James Peterson

Will Philly’s Murder Rate Keep Going Down?

Like cities around the country, Philly has seen a drop in homicides this year — but more work is needed from the state and the city to keep reducing violent crime

By Mensah M. Dean

Guns Don’t Kill People … Bullets Do?

In the wake of this week’s mass shooting in Southwest Philly, is it time to start regulating the sale of bullets rather than just repeating gun control rhetoric?

By Larry Platt