It’s the Pragmatism, Stupid!
We asked 15 historians to rank Philly's leaders throughout time. As Election Day approaches, our mayoral candidates — and voters — could learn a lot from the results
Your City Defined: Home Rule Charter
Michael Nutter asked mayoral candidate Jeff Brown at a Citizen forum if he’d ever fully read the city’s governing document. Which made us wonder: Just what is it?
Ed Rendell, Unlikely Reformer
On the eve of the 2023 mayor’s race, a new book by a renowned Drexel professor and grandson of a legendary mayor charts how change happens in Philly. In this excerpt, one man’s force of will in the 90s averts catastrophe
Ain’t No Party Like A Home Rule Charter Party
Our local constitution hasn’t been updated for nearly 70 years. The Citizen and Drexel University are partnering on a course that asks: Isn’t it about time for a refresh?
Week 1: Mike Quick’s Eagles Civic Season
This week, the Eagles announcer and former wide receiver, with help from a Drexel professor, looks at how Philly stacks up against Atlanta—on and off the field
Connor Barwin’s Civic Season
A season of civic matchups proved Philly is on the upswing
Week 16: Connor Barwin’s Civic Season
This week, the all-pro linebacker and citizen activist measures how our civic health stacks up against Washington, D.C.
Your City Defined: Percent For Arts Program
This is the reason you can meet your friends at the Clothespin.