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

The Citizen Recommends: Smith Playground Ribbon Cutting

Join former Eagle Connor Barwin as he unveils the $3.2 million renovations to the South Philly park his foundation refurbished

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Not To Dis Smokin’ Joe, But…

…We need to start honoring African Americans who have contributed to Philadelphia beyond sports and entertainment—like the late federal judge Leon Higginbotham

By Larry Platt