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.
The physical distancing necessary to slow down the spread of the coronavirus puts us at higher risk for another serious health concern: social isolation. Long before the coronavirus crisis, America had a public health epidemic of loneliness, rising rates of teen suicide and our widening political divide. Because of that, we’re already far along the path of isolation. … Continue reading Guest Commentary: Being together, apart
When Judy Wicks opened the White Dog Cafe 37 years ago, she became the first restaurateur in Philadelphia to embrace a concept we have come to take for granted: Farm to table. For Wicks, that meant buying meat and produce from local Pennsylvania farms, cooking it in her West Philly kitchen and serving diners from … Continue reading In It Together
The third week of the coronavirus shutdown in Philadelphia includes all kinds of fun things to do virtually while you’re at home waiting out the epidemic. You could learn how to make scones in a Zoom’d cooking class hosted by Old City café and bakery FRIEDA, catch a live concert with contemporary composers Orchestra 2001, … Continue reading Have Fun, Do Good: The Social Distancing Edition