The Citizen Recommends: 5th annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival

Join us December 14 and 15 to share solutions for creating a more prosperous, equitable and thriving Philadelphia.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal, Revisited: Make. Voting. Easier.

We learned many things about Pennsylvania after yesterday’s midterm election. One of them: We should have a better way to vote

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: A Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Care

An Oklahoma program helps save police resources and provide better care for residents in distress. Could Philly do the same to combat our mental health care crisis?

By Jessica Blatt Press

Ideas We Should Steal: Public Toilets

Sometimes, you really, really need to go. That’s why Philly is looking to Portland to adopt a successful model of free public bathrooms.

By J.P. Romney

Ideas We Should Steal: State Seal of Civic Engagement

Outraged that less than 50 percent of Americans can name the three branches of government? California and several other states are working to literally certify good citizenship for high school grads.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Mental Health Days for Philly Students

Twelve U.S. states allow school kids to take excused days off for emotional well-being. PA should too

By Courtney DuChene

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

Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Security Deposit Alternatives

Philly rents rose 6 percent during the pandemic, making security deposits even harder for new tenants. A Cincinnati law is applying private market disruption to the problem. Should we do that here too?

By Jill Harkins