Welcome to the Age of Cities

The director of Drexel’s Metro Finance Lab on the ways that cities are doing the work to lift up communities and create opportunities for all

By Bruce Katz

The Fix: Shifting the Blame

In the wake of a land sale scandal, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has tried to take attention off himself. As Philly 3.0’s engagement director notes, that’s part of the problem

By Jon Geeting

A Reason for Cautious Optimism

A survey by the Center City District shows residents are generally happy with the direction of the city. But, as CCD’s executive director reports, there are exceptions to that

By Paul R. Levy

The Fix: Councilmanic Prerogative at its Worst

Councilmember Cindy Bass wants to ban new day cares from her district. As Philly 3.0’s engagement director notes, it’s a shameful example of how politics works here

By Jon Geeting

Citizen Engagement 101

The Citizens Planning Institute has launched 500 community activists in neighborhoods around the city by arming them with the tools to make real change

By Gillian McGoldrick

A Tree Ought to Grow in Philly

Trees increase health, safety, and air quality. So why doesn’t the city insist on planting more of them?

By Diana Lind

Ideas We Should Steal: Community-Centered Development

A Portland B Corp is pushing a more inclusive process for building up a neighborhood. Can Philly learn a lesson from the most gentrified city in America?

By Jill Harkins

Do Something: Defend the Free Press

This week, stand with students against gun violence, farm in Center City, discuss the free press and more!

By Emma Kreider