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.
No two cities loom as large in America’s historical iconography as Philadelphia and Boston. As colonial seats of commerce and culture, then as crucibles of revolution and cradles of new world democracy, these two towns on our nation’s eastern seaboard offer a litany of American firsts: long before the eponymous Massacre and Tea Party, from … Continue reading Boston v. Philly
Early in the morning of December 1, 2020, REC Philly co-founder Dave Silver was scrolling through his email inbox when he stopped short at a message from Forbes magazine. He opened the email and read the news: He, along with William Toms, had been named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list—a goal of … Continue reading Business For Good: REC Philly Revisited
When the construction fence recently came down at Headhouse Square, a chorus of sad trombones filled the air, as the latest of the City’s anti-public public spaces was finally revealed. As described by Conrad Benner in a spot-on opinion piece about the space in Billy Penn, “The decades-old asphalt parking lot is now a bricked … Continue reading Partners not Problems