The West Philly Housing Crisis That Was Utterly Avoidable

The UC Townhomes fiasco features a wealthy, easy-to-blame institution; fact-challenged protestors; an elected official who may be in over her head, and a compromise solution everybody seems hell bent on ignoring

By Larry Platt

Photo Essay: Fab Youth Philly’s Play Captains

42 teens ran neighborhood play spaces around Philly this summer, engaging younger children while learning to be leaders themselves. Here, a look at some of the joy they shared.

By Theo Wyss-Flamm

Glitter’s Glow Up

Morgan Berman’s street cleaning startup company is working better than ever. The City, which once declined to fund the “unproven pilot,” now faces proof: It works.

By Nick Russo

“Health Starts at Home”

Asthma is the number one illness that sends Philly kids to the ER and the main reason they miss school. A CHOP program is working to change that—starting with where they live

By Natalie Pompilio

Citizens of the Week: Cobbs Creek Park Cleanups

How a retired Philly high school science teacher started an all-volunteer anti-litter operation in Cobbs Creek Park

By Nick Russo

The Forgotten Victim of MOVE

Yes, the story of the city’s mishandling of MOVE remains is another horrible indignity in a tragic saga. But today’s retelling of MOVE is also tragically incomplete.

By Larry Platt

A Winning Vote

The Citizen gave its first $1,000 2021 Voter Lottery prize to Hassan Abdellah, a true voting champion, just for casting a ballot in West Philly. Two more winners will be announced in a few weeks.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Business for Good: Back to the Future With Ryan Spak

The West Philly resident is executing his vision of responsible development through the company he owns with his mom—while throwing in a side of Concrete Cowboy Hollywood dreams

By Jessica Blatt Press