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 Mayor Kate Gallego is tackling climate change in the country's hottest city. Listen to her tell former  Mayor Michael N...
01/11/2023

Mayor Kate Gallego is tackling climate change in the country's hottest city. Listen to her tell former Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor Kasim Reed and The Citizen's Larry Platt how she's doing it. https://bit.ly/3CGZfFb

How are Philly dads Akeiff Staples and Brent Johnstone inspiring young Philadelphia elementary school students to read —...
01/10/2023

How are Philly dads Akeiff Staples and Brent Johnstone inspiring young Philadelphia elementary school students to read — and their fathers to read with them? Read on! https://bit.ly/3k6WLcY

Brian Fitzpatrick has been ranked as the most bipartisan member of the House by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School ...
01/06/2023
Brian Fitzpatrick for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?

Brian Fitzpatrick has been ranked as the most bipartisan member of the House by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Could he be the answer to the search for House speaker?

House Democrats voting for the Bucks County Republican may be a way to calm the raging culture wars in Washington D.C. — and the nation

Farewell 2022! We had important elections, pressing issues, extreme weather, contentious politics…and, oddly for Philade...
12/31/2022

Farewell 2022! We had important elections, pressing issues, extreme weather, contentious politics…and, oddly for Philadelphia, winning teams.

In our era of extremes, it was another whopper.

As you cheers to 2023, read about the things Philadelphians cared about the most in 2022, based on the most-read stories in The Citizen — and what they mean for the year to come.

READ THE LATEST at the link in bio!

Michael Steele joined the Fight for Democracy panel at the Ideas We Should Steal Festival:“The most powerful words in al...
12/31/2022

Michael Steele joined the Fight for Democracy panel at the Ideas We Should Steal Festival:

“The most powerful words in all of our documents written about this country, in my view, are these: ‘We, the people.’ Our government was not established for an institution by an institution. It was not established for a political party. Our founders were reticent about factions being formed. As short-sighted as they were, as flawed as they were, they placed that power in those three words.

Our job is to hold [those] in office accountable…

If Congress has a 20 percent approval rating, but 95 percent of members of Congress get re-elected. That’s on us.”

Anne Gemmell says “our civic leaders should certainly collaborate and compete for opportunities and grants; but not bank...
12/24/2022

Anne Gemmell says “our civic leaders should certainly collaborate and compete for opportunities and grants; but not bank on them. To rebuild our economy and protect our future, Philadelphia needs a grassroots, “grow your own” economic development and jobs strategy. Otherwise, expect poverty and gun violence will continue to grow.

So what could we do instead?”

LINK IN BIO to READ THE LATEST for the full story.

Hey, ! What do you want in our next ? Tell us in this super-short survey — then share it with everyone you know! (Psst: ...
12/18/2022

Hey, ! What do you want in our next ? Tell us in this super-short survey — then share it with everyone you know! (Psst: It's available in six languages!) https://bit.ly/3hDrcqk

Being mayor is a job and PHILLY CITIZENS are hiring! Help us write the job description for our next mayor--fill out our ...
12/17/2022

Being mayor is a job and PHILLY CITIZENS are hiring! Help us write the job description for our next mayor--fill out our 4 question survey, and share it with everyone you know! (Psst: It's available in six languages!) LINK IN BIO!

We’ll use your responses to make a citizen-generated job description. In January, we’ll use this JD to have recruiting experts and nonprofit and corporate leaders interview each candidate in a public forum. Then, you will cast your vote based on who is the best fit to get the position in the May primary election.

 isn't just an epicenter of the  epidemic. It's also the capital of trauma p**n. Here, what the people who live and work...
12/16/2022

isn't just an epicenter of the epidemic. It's also the capital of trauma p**n. Here, what the people who live and work there think of the who visit to document human suffering — and of the people who watch their videos? https://bit.ly/3YsEExx **n **n

We were honored to host an invigorating conversation that highlighted the importance of media in our democracy. Thank yo...
12/16/2022

We were honored to host an invigorating conversation that highlighted the importance of media in our democracy. Thank you to everyone who attended Wednesday evening! And thank you to Home Appétit for sampling their delicious offerings to all our guests.

12/16/2022

Thank you so much! An amazing kickoff to an amazing day.

We are in full swing at Comcast Technology Center! Stay tuned for highlights!!
12/15/2022

We are in full swing at Comcast Technology Center! Stay tuned for highlights!!

ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT! ⭐️Join us tomorrow, December 14 at 3675 Market Street at Quorum at the University City Science Ce...
12/13/2022

ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
⭐️Join us tomorrow, December 14 at 3675 Market Street at Quorum at the University City Science Center for a reception and opening night of the Ideas We Should Steal Festival!

Truth and the Media, Post-Midterms brought to you by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism with New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon, former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, The 19th’s Errin Haines and Spotlight PA’s Chris Baxter, in conversation with MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi. This event is free and open to the public. 

RSVP at thephiladelphaicitizen.org/events or go to the Ideas We Should Steal page linked in bio

Loving this new guide to sustainable services and shops in Philly. Just in time for holiday gift giving, opportunities t...
12/13/2022
Sustainable, eco-friendly shops and services in Philadelphia

Loving this new guide to sustainable services and shops in Philly. Just in time for holiday gift giving, opportunities to give well, guilt-free!

These Philadelphia shops and services put a dent in climate change—and make you feel a little bit better about everything, including shopping

Join us on December 14 to discuss the state of truth and the media, post-midterms. You'll hear from award-winning report...
12/11/2022
Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2022

Join us on December 14 to discuss the state of truth and the media, post-midterms. You'll hear from award-winning reporters including Spotlight PA's Chris Baxter, The 19th's Errin Haines, New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson, and MSNBC host Ali Velshi.

This free special opening night of the 5th annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival is brought to you by Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Doors open at 6pm with a pre-panel reception and will take place at Quorum at the University City Science Center. Register today! http://bit.ly/3FIlPiA

Ideas We Should Steal Festival® is a full-day convening that brings ideas that are transforming cities across the country to Philadelphia.

The 5th Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival is just a few days away! Have you secured your seat to hear from this year...
12/11/2022
Ideas We Should Steal 2022 Registration

The 5th Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival is just a few days away! Have you secured your seat to hear from this year's lineup of innovative urban thinkers and city changemakers? Join us December 14 and 15 - Don't miss out!

Can't afford a membership level? Let us know! Everyone is welcome no matter their financial situation.

The 5th annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival is happening December 15 at 10am in Comcast Technology Center's Ralph J. Roberts Forum.

You have 9 days to read 9 books featured in next week's Ideas We Should Steal Festival. Have at it. (Or, just buy some c...
12/07/2022

You have 9 days to read 9 books featured in next week's Ideas We Should Steal Festival. Have at it. (Or, just buy some copies when you get there. It's December 14 & 15.) https://bit.ly/3isPqn1

Haven't listened to the first episode of How to Really Run a City yet? You gotta. Here's a teaser, from Oakland Mayor Li...
12/07/2022
CitizenCast: How To Really Run A City | Episode 1: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Haven't listened to the first episode of How to Really Run a City yet? You gotta. Here's a teaser, from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf: "Mayors, we all belong to one party. It’s the party of Get Sh*t Done."

Reed, Nutter, and Platt delve into the surprising skill all good leaders really need, then welcome Mayor Schaaf to talk about her secrets to successfully moving Oakland forward.

Philly! Please fill out this quick form and SHARE it with EVERY Philadelphian you know. It's your — our — chance to (ano...
12/07/2022
Hey Philly: Let's Hire a Mayor! (Seriously, we need your help.)

Philly! Please fill out this quick form and SHARE it with EVERY Philadelphian you know. It's your — our — chance to (anonymously) share what you want in our next MAYOR! Thank you!

In less than one year, Philadelphians will elect our city’s 100th mayor. How about this time we citizens play the role of employer?

Quon Brinkley is bringing Black Philly pride to Old City, one art show at a time. https://bit.ly/3H8a4mR
12/06/2022

Quon Brinkley is bringing Black Philly pride to Old City, one art show at a time. https://bit.ly/3H8a4mR

What is the effect of  on  college students? We need to find out, says Jemille Q. Duncan, who grew up in  and chose Swar...
12/05/2022
Does Crime in Philly Deter Prospective College Students?

What is the effect of on college students? We need to find out, says Jemille Q. Duncan, who grew up in and chose Swarthmore College: bit.ly/3XZmhjO

A young Philadelphian chose a suburban college over a Philly one to feel and be safe for the next four years. Other students will follow.

It's Launch Day! It's Launch Day! Our newest podcast HOW TO REALLY RUN A CITY is live! Click link in bio to hear how may...
12/02/2022

It's Launch Day! It's Launch Day! Our newest podcast HOW TO REALLY RUN A CITY is live! Click link in bio to hear how mayors like Michael Nutter + Kasim Reed + Mayor Libby Schaaf get sh*t done! https://bit.ly/3gTuLZ2

How Baltimore-based Urban Teachers is transforming the pipeline of teachers at School District of Philadelphia and Maste...
12/01/2022

How Baltimore-based Urban Teachers is transforming the pipeline of teachers at School District of Philadelphia and Mastery Schools, teacher by teacher. https://bit.ly/3ubGtBl

Terrill Ya Fav Trashman Haigler on why he's running for PHLCouncil next year. https://bit.ly/3gMg7CI
12/01/2022

Terrill Ya Fav Trashman Haigler on why he's running for PHLCouncil next year. https://bit.ly/3gMg7CI

Meet Philadelphia walking artist Ken Johnston, who's been literally following in the footsteps of Harriett Tubman. https...
11/30/2022

Meet Philadelphia walking artist Ken Johnston, who's been literally following in the footsteps of Harriett Tubman. https://bit.ly/3ESYOIa

Today, popular At-Large member of PHLCouncil Councilmember Helen Gym resigned, presumably to run for  of .
11/29/2022
Who is Helen Gym: All about the presumed mayoral candidate

Today, popular At-Large member of PHLCouncil Councilmember Helen Gym resigned, presumably to run for of .

The popular two-term At-Large City Councilmember is proudly and loudly progressive. Her main cause: low-income Philadelphia families

"74 percent of Americans support legal status for people from other countries who were brought to the U.S. as children,"...
11/29/2022
U.S. Congress: Now is the time to protect our DREAMers

"74 percent of Americans support legal status for people from other countries who were brought to the U.S. as children," writes Elaine Maimon. "The 2022 lame duck Congressional session starting this week may be DREAMers' last chance for some degree of security in the only home they have ever known." https://bit.ly/3FbEwLB

Elaine Maimon asks us to consider the many thousands of DREAMers who arrived in the U.S. as children and need legal status to thrive.

The Philadelphia Citizen's last-minute, up-to-date, nearly complete guide to winter holiday fun in Philly. Includes Chri...
11/28/2022

The Philadelphia Citizen's last-minute, up-to-date, nearly complete guide to winter holiday fun in Philly. Includes Christmas pop-up bars, festive concerts, classic performances, neighborhood lights, makers markets ... Have at it. https://bit.ly/3gBtvcV

Second date added! Have you secured your seat for the 5th Ideas We Should Steal festival? On December 14, join a free ev...
11/28/2022

Second date added! Have you secured your seat for the 5th Ideas We Should Steal festival?

On December 14, join a free event on Truth and Media, Post-Midterms. Then secure your seat for December 15 at the RJR Forum in Center City for a full day of panels and talks.

⭐️Link in bio for more info!

Support small business Saturday by checking out our holiday gift guide (LINK IN BIO). Shop the book lovers’ tote! Think ...
11/26/2022

Support small business Saturday by checking out our holiday gift guide (LINK IN BIO).

Shop the book lovers’ tote! Think we can all agree with the sentiment here. Get yours at or

Hannukah is coming soon — December 18 — get ready with our favorite menorah tea towel, from and . $16

Don’t forget the season's it book is "The Light We Carry" by Pick up a copy at a local bookstore, like , or , . ,

What do Tina Turner, Taylor Swift by candelight, street soccer and the Tinsel Bar have in common? They're all happening ...
11/24/2022

What do Tina Turner, Taylor Swift by candelight, street soccer and the Tinsel Bar have in common? They're all happening this weekend in . https://bit.ly/3Xmg7Kh

Today, The Philadelphia Citizen is thanking Philadelphians we've covered in the past year — for doing what they do. We t...
11/24/2022

Today, The Philadelphia Citizen is thanking Philadelphians we've covered in the past year — for doing what they do. We think these people — some unsung, some great successes — are who we should all celebrate today. Join us. And tell us who you're thankful for today. https://bit.ly/3XuTd38

Thanksgiving can be hard for people in Philly experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, poverty, and loneliness.For al...
11/24/2022

Thanksgiving can be hard for people in Philly experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, poverty, and loneliness.

For all of the challenges the holiday poses, it also comes with plenty of opportunities to do more good. Whatever your age, budget, or time frame, here are some ways to create Philly traditions that support our neighbors. helps guide us with this essential list.

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Who are the new members of the Philadelphia City Council? What do they care about? What changes do they plan to make for...
11/23/2022
Who's New on Philadelphia City Council?

Who are the new members of the Philadelphia City Council? What do they care about? What changes do they plan to make for the City of Philadelphia? We got you.

In the November 8 midterm elections, Philadelphia voters elected four newcomers to Philadelphia City Council. Quetcy Lozada, Anthony Phillips, Jimmy Harrity and Sharon Vaughn will replace the four Councilmembers who had to resign in order to run for mayor of Philadelphia. On November 28, the seats v...

Have you met Rep. Joanna McClinton? The Philadelphia state rep is poised to become the first woman Speaker of the Pennsy...
11/22/2022

Have you met Rep. Joanna McClinton? The Philadelphia state rep is poised to become the first woman Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. knew her first. (Go to our website — or cut and paste this into your browser https://bit.ly/3GDG02j — to meet Joanna. You won't be disappointed.)

For many families, the Eviction Diversion Program represents more than a financial transaction. By steering tenants away...
11/22/2022

For many families, the Eviction Diversion Program represents more than a financial transaction. By steering tenants away from eviction proceedings — a process in which less than 10 percent of tenants, compared with more than 80 percent of landlords, have historically had legal representation — Philadelphia’s program allows renters to avoid significant damage to their credit and their ability to secure desirable housing in the future.

Read the latest from Jessica Blatt Press.
Link in bio

Smart, hopeful read of the day: 's Eviction Diversion Program, a collaboration among the City, legal support groups, hou...
11/21/2022
Philadelphia Should be Proud of our Eviction Diversion Program

Smart, hopeful read of the day: 's Eviction Diversion Program, a collaboration among the City, legal support groups, housing counseling nonprofits + landlord advocacy organizations + more is a model for cities nationwide. https://bit.ly/3VcpCd1 Councilmember Helen Gym

Philadelphia’s Eviction Diversion Program has become a model for cities around the country — and a lifesaver for Philadelphia families

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Saving birds with Lights Out Philly, our new and current listings, and Philly happenings.

https://cityblockteam.com/around-the-block-4-1-2022/

Featured: BioOne, JSTOR, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Audubon Mid-Atlantic, DVOC - The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, National Audubon Society, Valley Forge Audubon Society, Wyncote Audubon Society, Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Trunc Artisans, Workhorse Brewing Company, Prunella Restaurant, Volvér, Theatre Philadelphia, Da Vinci Art Alliance - DVAA, Legoland Discovery Center, Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum, Elmwood Park Zoo, Sesame Place, South Street Headhouse District, Linvilla Orchards, Longwood Gardens, The Philadelphia Citizen, Visit Philly

Is your business your baby? Then raise it like one! Future Works Alliance PHL founder Anne Gemmell writes in The Philadelphia Citizen about how starting a business is like raising a newborn.
"You can’t reach racial justice unless educational justice is part of the calculus." 🙌

Great profile in today's The Philadelphia Citizen on the amazing teacher training and advocacy happening through Sharif El-Mekki and the Center for Black Educator Development! Our partners are doing incredible, crucial work.
➡️Cool News! Mural Arts Philadelphia is excited to share that Jane Golden, was featured in The Philadelphia Citizen as one of Philadelphia’s favorite Philly women in honor of Women’s History Month!
This week, our highlight is our very own Stephanie Ridgeway, an Integrity Icon Philadelphia 2022 Award winner! She was nominated for her work to increase access to the Indego bike program for all Philadelphians! 🚲💙

Read and watch her story with The Philadelphia Citizen ⬇️
For this we want to shoutout Indego Community Coordinator, Stephanie Ridgeway for being named one of the Integrity Icons of 2022 by The Philadelphia Citizen for her work in increasing access to Indego for all Philadelphians. To view the full feature, visit: https://linktr.ee/indegobikeshare
Thanks The Philadelphia Citizen for recognizing Rebecca and all her hard work at PhilaRevenue! We definitely appreciate her, and everything that she has done for the department. Congrats Rebecca Lopez Kriss!
Congratulations to Lori Hayes, Philadelphia Parks & Rec’s Director of Urban Forestry, for winning a Philadelphia Integrity Icon 2022 award from The Philadelphia Citizen!

For 40 years, Lori has been a public servant committed to caring for Philadelphia’s trees. Her work has increased tree plantings in underserved communities, making our city cleaner and greener. As Director of Urban Forestry, she has made sure Tree Philly's programs are accessible to all, mentored and inspired a new generation of arborists, and been a passionate leader of the City’s urban forestry work.

Thank you, Lori, for your leadership and dedication to Parks & Rec and to Philadelphia’s trees! Read more about Lori and VOTE for her here⬇️
With federal dollars poised to make transformative impact, the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at client Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation writes about how local orgs. can prepare using its Investment Playbook, citing client The Enterprise Center CDC as a case study. Read more via The Philadelphia Citizen
Check out a recent article that TTF is featured in!

This piece talks about green stormwater infrastructure in Philadelphia, the Soak it Up Adoption Philly program, and TTF’s maintenance of the rain garden in Vernon Park: https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/soak-it-up-adoption-philly/

Thank you to Philadelphia Water Department's Soak it Up program for keeping our neighborhoods clean and thank you to The Philadelphia Citizen for publishing this important article!
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A great article from The Philadelphia Citizen about our friends at the Philadelphia Water Department! ✊🏽 (By the way, we need to talk about OWN joining the Soak It Up Adoption Program to take responsibility for all the GSI projects being installed in Overbrook.)
Thanks The Philadelphia Citizen for covering our Soak It Up Adoption program!

Read more about how you can adopt a local green stormwater infrastructure site in your neighborhood. ⬇️
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