Ideas We Should Steal: Reduce Gun Violence Through Better Policing

While murder and shootings have spiked in Philly and elsewhere, both Camden and Newark have made progress in reducing gun violence by adopting smart policing techniques. Why don’t we do what they’ve done?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Philly Under Fire Episode 3: “Get in Front of the Beef”

Episode three of The Philadelphia Citizen’s podcast exploring stories and solutions from the front lines of Philly’s gun violence epidemic takes us to cities that have successfully cut shootings—and to a local program that’s intervening in real time

By Jo Piazza

Ideas We Should Steal: Laws We Can Actually Understand

A group of law students in India is working to “translate” the country’s laws so that every citizen can understand their rights and responsibilities. A similar effort here could be one way to make our government more accessible to Philadelphians, too.

By Jemille Q. Duncan

Ideas We Should Steal: Wheelchair Ramps Made From LEGOs

Nearly 500 public buildings in Philly—not to mention rowhomes—have barriers to access for people in wheelchairs. Germany’s “LEGO Granny” has a brightly colored way to help

By Michaela Haas

Ideas Philadelphia Should Steal

We take a look at smart ideas implemented in cities around the world. Could we bring them here to make a better, fairer Philly for everyone?

By Josh Middleton

Ideas We Should Steal: Universal Child Care

Massachusetts legislators are working to make their state the first to provide free, high-quality care for children. In Pennsylvania, doing so would bring more women to the workplace—and could add $6 billion to the economy

By Jessica Blatt Press

Ideas We Should Steal: Desegregating the Region

A Connecticut coalition is fighting housing discrimination, and its effects, by taking on a little-understood piece of bureaucracy: zoning laws. Could a similar approach make for a more equitable Philly region?

By Jessica Blatt Press

Ideas We Should Steal: Winterizing Outdoor Dining

Chicago invited citizens to come up with solutions to the challenges of outdoor winter dining. Philly should put out the same call.

By Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme