Ideas We Should Steal: More Trees 🌳

The benefits of trees go beyond health, heat and economic equity—though those are reason enough to increase Philly's tree canopy. Here’s how other cities are doing just that.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: A City Designed for Women

Vienna has ranked as the most livable city in the world for 10 years, in part due to rethinking its urban design with women and children in mind. Could a similar approach in Philly make our city more livable for all?

By Courtney DuChene

Open the Doors to Higher Ed

A longtime university president calls on local colleges to steal an idea from Michigan: recruit and educate the nearly 17,000 foster kids in Pennsylvania.

By Elaine Maimon

Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Reduce Covid Risk By Walking

Walking can help lessen one of the biggest risk factors for severe illness or death from Covid-19: obesity. That's why we need to encourage more of it in Philly.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: How to Embrace (Another Covid?) Winter

Eight years ago, Edmonton, Canada, started a citywide effort to celebrate its intense cold, rather than hide from it. Would doing the same here lessen social isolation, help spur local democracy and make this second Covid winter more bearable?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Free Childcare at City Meetings

Ithaca, New York, eliminated the biggest barrier to civic engagement among parents. Could babysitting bring more voices into the conversation in Philly, too?

By Jessica Blatt Press

Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Flowers in Potholes

Citizen gardeners, unite! Your streets need you.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Institutional Racism Task Force

Austin faced uncomfortable truths about the city's inequities with a deep look into its racist past. Maybe it’s time for Philly to confront its own history

By Quinn O'Callaghan