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The Citizen events are not marketing endeavor to push a brand; they are content in and of themselves. They offer Philadelphians the opportunity to participate in a distinctly old-school type of social networking through real time, face to face conversations with the politicians, newsmakers and policy experts who make a direct impact on the region’s quality of life.
Students in my ninth grade class at Parkway Center City Middle College were spellbound by Dena’s voice which rose and swelled and fell, flooding the room in a torrent of insistent rage about the legacy of domestic gun violence in her family. She spoke about a shooting, about paralysis, about death. She spoke about family … Continue reading Guest Commentary: Dena, Emma, Helen, #MeToo & Me
Following up on the controversy over the City’s new block party rules, Julia Terruso reports that the City has banned 922 blocks from hosting block parties, and only about 400 of those blocks were banned as a result of nearby shootings in the past three years. What accounts for the rest? Neighbors on those blocks … Continue reading Ban the Block Party Ban
Over three days I spent in Detroit, the people, the place, and the spirit captured my imagination. I was in Detroit to represent the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the Governmental Research Association, a national network of independent state and regional think-tanks. The conference itself, organized by the Citizens Research … Continue reading Guest Commentary: Seeing Philly Through Detroit-Colored Glasses
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