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The Philadelphia Citizen The Citizen is a nonprofit media outlet focusing on solutions to problems and increasing civic engagement—all for the purpose of making Philly a better city for all.

Support our mission by becoming a member at https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/donate The Philadelphia Citizen is the region’s only member-supported, nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization with an emphasis on covering civic solutions and stimulating action to move the city forward. We do this in a variety of ways:

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Support our mission by becoming a member at https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/donate The Philadelphia Citizen is the region’s only member-supported, nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization with an emphasis on covering civic solutions and stimulating action to move the city forward. We do this in a variety of ways:

• Solutions-based journalism: Our daily coverage provides context, not j

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Great to have some City Councilmembers at our Integrity Icon awards ceremony last night, along with former Working Famil...
04/08/2022

Great to have some City Councilmembers at our Integrity Icon awards ceremony last night, along with former Working Families Party candidate @nicolas_orourke.

Lori Maple Hayes, director of urban forestry at the Department of Parks and Recreation, is the Integrity Icon 2022 Peopl...
04/07/2022

Lori Maple Hayes, director of urban forestry at the Department of Parks and Recreation, is the Integrity Icon 2022 People’s Choice Winner. 🙌 🙌 🙌

Your 2022 Philly Integrity Icons, properly sashed, crowned and bouquet-ridden.
04/07/2022

Your 2022 Philly Integrity Icons, properly sashed, crowned and bouquet-ridden.

Jason Kelce delivers remakes and revs up the crowd at our 2022 Philly Integrity Icon awards ceremony. 🙌
04/07/2022

Jason Kelce delivers remakes and revs up the crowd at our 2022 Philly Integrity Icon awards ceremony. 🙌

How can Philadelphia achieve its carbon output goals while also favoring its own city-owned gas utility?
04/07/2022
Is Philly really ready to go carbon free?

How can Philadelphia achieve its carbon output goals while also favoring its own city-owned gas utility?

Mike Krancer asks: How can Philadelphia achieve its carbon output goals while also favoring its own city-owned gas utility?

Indivisible Philadelphia is looking for volunteers to get out the vote in the most old-fashioned way possible: by knocki...
04/07/2022
Volunteers knock on 35 doors each to help get out the vote in PA

Indivisible Philadelphia is looking for volunteers to get out the vote in the most old-fashioned way possible: by knocking on doors (35 of them to be exact).

Indivisible Philadelphia's 35 Doors project looks to get out the vote in the most old-fashioned way possible: By knocking on doors.

The outdoor dining landscape in Philly is ever-evolving these days. Here, we're keeping track of the most atmospheric sp...
04/07/2022
33 of the most beautiful spots for outdoor dining in Philadelphia

The outdoor dining landscape in Philly is ever-evolving these days. Here, we're keeping track of the most atmospheric spots around town right now to grab a bite in the open air.

Our guide to Philadelphia outdoor dining this spring includes gorgeous spots to eat and drink on tucked-away patios and gardens.

The U.K. is giving some teachers a paid year off in the hopes that it will help keep them in their jobs. Could that solv...
04/06/2022
Want to solve Philly's teacher retention problem? Give them a paid year off.

The U.K. is giving some teachers a paid year off in the hopes that it will help keep them in their jobs. Could that solve Philly’s teacher retention problem too? #phled

The U.K. is giving teachers a paid year off as incentive to keep their jobs. Could it solve Philadelphia's teacher retention problem too?

Shannon Maldonado left behind a fashion career working with the likes of Ralph Lauren and American Eagle to come home to...
04/06/2022
Shannon Maldonodo puts the YOWIE in Philadelphia

Shannon Maldonado left behind a fashion career working with the likes of Ralph Lauren and American Eagle to come home to launch her own South Philly brand, YOWIE.

Shannon Maldonado calls herself a “person who just loves creating things,” which is the CliffsNotes version of “shop owner, fashion designer, hospitality designer, influencer, curator, consultant”—and, for the last six years, the founder/ creative director of YOWIE, a lifestyle shop and de...

New event added: Join us on April 18 for a morning discussion exploring how Philadelphia can grow a vibrant, inclusive m...
04/06/2022
Jobs Jobs Jobs!

New event added: Join us on April 18 for a morning discussion exploring how Philadelphia can grow a vibrant, inclusive middle class.

Business…For Good: Inclusive Growth and the American City is a Philadelphia Citizen event series that explores how capitalism in cities can increase growth, lessen inequality, and expand opportunity. Join us for a discussion on how Philadelphia can grow a vibrant, inclusive middle class featuring:...

Citizen board member and MSNBC host Ali Velshi on how the air raid siren is the sound that defines modern warfare in Ukr...
04/06/2022
Ali Velshi on the soundtrack of war in Ukraine

Citizen board member and MSNBC host Ali Velshi on how the air raid siren is the sound that defines modern warfare in Ukraine and elsewhere.

MSNBC anchor and Citizen board member Ali Velshi on how the air raid siren is the sound that defines modern warfare in Ukraine and elsewhere.

04/04/2022

Learn more about urban forestry director Lori Hayes. Moved? More inspired to plant a tree? Show her some love by casting your vote for her to be this year's Integrity Icon People's Choice winner here: https://bit.ly/phlii2022

04/03/2022

Learn more about Philly Schools’ director of K-12 math curriculum Lauren Young. Moved by her dedication to educating our kids—especially during the pandemic? Show your thanks by casting a vote for her to be this year's Integrity Icon People's Choice winner here: https://bit.ly/phlii2022

Have plans Thursday night? Join us @fitlerclub to celebrate these five awesome Integrity Icons. RSVP link in bio. Hope t...
04/02/2022

Have plans Thursday night? Join us @fitlerclub to celebrate these five awesome Integrity Icons. RSVP link in bio. Hope to see you there! #phillycitizen

04/01/2022

Learn more about biking ambassador Stephanie Ridgeway. Feel inspired by her work to get more bikes into more communities? Show her support by voting for her to be this year's Integrity Icon People's Choice winner here: https://bit.ly/phlii2022

A new poll by civic nonprofit A Greater Philadelphia shows that despite the noise, it’s public safety and good governmen...
04/01/2022
Poll shows public safety and good government is most important to locals

A new poll by civic nonprofit A Greater Philadelphia shows that despite the noise, it’s public safety and good government that matter most to Philadelphians.

57 percent of poll takers said “police and public safety” were the top issues the City should focus on, according to A Greater Philadelphia.

All you need to know to cast your ballot in Philly by May 17—candidates, ballot questions and more.
03/31/2022
Your voter guide to the 2022 PA primary in Philadelphia

All you need to know to cast your ballot in Philly by May 17—candidates, ballot questions and more.

The Philadelphia Citizen's voter guide to the 2022 PA primary includes candidates running for office and details on ballot questions.

On this Day of Trans Visibility, let's show the transgender community in Philly that we've got their back. 🏳️‍⚧️
03/31/2022
How we can help the transgender cause in Philadelphia

On this Day of Trans Visibility, let's show the transgender community in Philly that we've got their back. 🏳️‍⚧️

Looking for ways to help trans people in Philadelphia? Consider supporting some of these local LGBTQ organizations.

Villanova’s basketball team is—again!—in the Final Four this year. So why do so few seem to care about yet another champ...
03/31/2022
The Villanova Wildcats are more Philly than the Birds. Discuss.

Villanova’s basketball team is—again!—in the Final Four this year. So why do so few seem to care about yet another championship run by the most Philly of teams?

Villanova is—again!—in the Final Four. So why do so few seem to care about yet another championship run by the most Philly of teams?

03/30/2022

Learn a little more about Leah Wood. Think her work to raise up local paraprofessionals is important? Show her support by casting a vote for her to be this year's Integrity Icon People's Choice winner here: https://bit.ly/phlii2022

The paper's recent well-meaning story about its own history on race relations raises overdue questions about class, too,...
03/30/2022
Is the Philadelphia Inquirer too woke?

The paper's recent well-meaning story about its own history on race relations raises overdue questions about class, too, writes Larry Platt.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's recent well-meaning story about its own history on race relations raises overdue questions about class, too.

The bad news? Too many vacancies remain. The good news? You can easily write yourself in to victory. Who’s ready?!
03/29/2022
What we know about the 2022 ward elections in Philadelphia

The bad news? Too many vacancies remain. The good news? You can easily write yourself in to victory. Who’s ready?!

The bad news, notes Jon Geeting: Too many vacancies remain. The good news? You can easily write yourself in to victory.

In her role creating math curriculum for Philly Schools, Young has set high standards for herself and her team around ed...
03/29/2022
Meet the Philly Schools mathematics director named a 2022 Integrity Icon

In her role creating math curriculum for Philly Schools, Young has set high standards for herself and her team around educating students during Covid—in a way that is culturally respectful of all students in the District. #phled

Lauren Young was nominated because of her work to set high standards for herself and her team around educating local students during Covid.

Every paraprofessional in Philly should high-five Feltonville Arts & Sciences’ Leah Wood. She has worked to raise awaren...
03/29/2022
Meet the intrepid Philly paraprofessional named a 2022 Integrity Icon

Every paraprofessional in Philly should high-five Feltonville Arts & Sciences’ Leah Wood. She has worked to raise awareness of the needs of paraprofessionals in the teachers union—and has fought for their dignity. 🙌 #phled

Leah has worked to raise awareness of the needs of paraprofessionals in the teachers union, and fought for their dignity.

03/25/2022

Kilgore was the first female lawyer in the city of Philly—and the first woman admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 👩‍⚖️ #womenshistorymonth http://ow.ly/spkw50IoGMv

Under her watch, the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability's Stephanie Ridgeway has grown the numbe...
03/25/2022
Meet the OTIS Indego biking ambassador named a 2022 Integrity Icon

Under her watch, the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability's Stephanie Ridgeway has grown the number of Indego bikes in underserved Philly neighborhoods—by listening and working with community members to ensure the program is serving their needs.

Biking ambassador Stephanie Ridgeway was nominated for her work to increase access to the bike-share program for all Philadelphians.

The public corruption trial of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and a lawsuit against Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier puts the pr...
03/25/2022
Can legal action finally stop anti-Democratic practices in City Council?

The public corruption trial of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and a lawsuit against Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier puts the practice of councilmanic prerogative on trial. Can legal action finally end it?

The public corruption trial of Kenyatta Johnson and a lawsuit against Jamie Gauthier puts the practice of councilmanic prerogative on trial.

Lori Hayes, the urban forestry director at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, was nominated for her dedicated work to beau...
03/25/2022
Meet the Philly Parks and Recreation director named a 2022 Integrity Icon

Lori Hayes, the urban forestry director at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, was nominated for her dedicated work to beautify the city with more trees—and her efforts to make Tree Philly’s awesome programs accessible to everyone. 🌲

Lori Hayes is in charge of planting the trees that make Philadelphia beautiful—and making Tree Philly’s programs accessible to everyone.

We chat with the oral historian about her fascinating work to connect the Second Great Migration of African Americans fr...
03/24/2022
Julie Rainbow on the Great Migration and its impact on Germantown community

We chat with the oral historian about her fascinating work to connect the Second Great Migration of African Americans from the South to Philly—particularly the Germantown area—to our present search for community. Exploring her work is a must for local history buffs.

The oral historian connects the Second Great Migration of African Americans from the South to Philly to our present search for community

Reducing the wage gap for Black women could add more than $300 billion to the U.S. economy. That’s at least one good rea...
03/24/2022
Why we must do all we can to help Black female entrepreneurs succeed

Reducing the wage gap for Black women could add more than $300 billion to the U.S. economy. That’s at least one good reason why, a local business owner notes, we should do all we can to help Black women entrepreneurs succeed.

Reducing the wage gap for Black women could add more than $300 billion to the U.S. economy. We should do all we can to help them succeed.

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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 #WomenHistoryMonth 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 #FeaturedFriday 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 #infrastructure 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 #communitydevelopment #economicdevelopment #collaboration
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! . . . #TTFWatershed #Runoff #GSI #GreenStormwaterInfrastructure #Watershed #Stormwater #Philly #Philadelphia
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. ⬇️