A Groundbreaking Jobs Plan …in St. Louis
In a case study Philly can learn from, the head of Drexel’s Nowak Metro Finance Lab examines an ambitious plan from civic and business leaders to turn around the iconic midwestern city
Ideas We Should Steal: Rewards for shopping local
In Akron and elsewhere, city governments are rewarding shoppers for spending money at mom-and-pop shops. Why shouldn’t Philly do the same?
Ideas We Should Steal: Reason to Run
An Oregon-based prison running program is helping incarcerated women with their mental and physical health, while giving them tools that discourage recidivism. Could it do the same in Philly?
Ideas We Should Steal: Vax to Win
Want to boost Covid vaccination rates in Philly? We should take a cue from any number of state and local governments around the country—Free cars! Savings bonds! A million bucks!!— and incentivize that shot
Ideas We Should Steal: Protection for Asian Americans
In Philly, as in the country as a whole, anti-Asian hate crimes are on the rise. An all-volunteer chaperone service in Oakland, California, is doing its part to protect the community
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?
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
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.