The mission of The Philadelphia Citizen is twofold: to provide deeply reported journalism that emphasizes solutions to advance our region and to actively reignite citizenship in and around Philadelphia. Recognizing that media that chronicles only what’s wrong without considering how to address underlying issues is only doing half a job, The Citizen provides not just facts, but context and remedies. By promoting and supporting Philadelphia’s positive change agents and taking to task the business-as-usual crowd, The Citizen underscores the role that each of us can play in charting Philadelphia’s way forward.
The Philadelphia Citizen offers straightforward prescriptions for ordinary Philadelphians to become more active participants in the life of their city, serving as a one stop shop for civic engagement. In addition to its regularly published web-based content, since 2014, The Citizen has curated a Philadelphia-focused symposium series featuring established and emerging thought-leaders interacting with a young, diverse, ultra-engaged audience.
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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.
It’s International Beer Day on Friday, August 5, and you have the benefit of living in one of the greatest beer cities on the planet. This weekend, I’ve spotlighted some of the awesome local breweries and beer-centric bars and restaurants to celebrate. A beer after work on Friday is a great way to kick off … Continue reading Things to Do in Philly This Weekend
In October of 2020 I sat in on a Zoom call with a group of formerly incarcerated men brainstorming the causes of escalating gun violence in Philadelphia. They gave me a slew of one-word responses. Poverty. Hopelessness. Self-hate. Inadequacy. Misguidance. Trauma. Toxic Masculinity. Inequity. The meeting was part of an intergenerational healing circle for formerly … Continue reading Healing Past the Trauma
Jen Devor has been a liaison between her neighbors and the City since she moved to Point Breeze in 2005. An extrovert armed with a computer, Devor says her tech savvy reputation led her to become the “go-to” person for submitting 311 requests, applying for permits and navigating utility or construction issues on the street … Continue reading How to Become a Block Captain—and Rock At it