poverty

City Life

Don’t Expect Philly’s New Police Commissioner to Magically Fix the City for Us

After more than a month of anticipation, newly appointed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw began her first day on the job early Monday morning. After […]

City Life

The Opioid Crisis Is Worsening Homelessness in Philly. Solving the Problem Is a Matter of Survival

It’s another perfectly shitty day to be homeless in Philadelphia. Cold, wet and pitiless. T.S. Eliot famously said that April is the cruelest month, but […]

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City Life

Can This Charismatic Pastor Rally Philly Around Its Most Intractable Problem?

Almost four years ago, I met Bill Golderer for the first time, and like many people who meet Bill Golderer, I felt moved. I can’t […]

City Life

Want Philly to Stop Being Written Off as “Killadelphia”? Get Serious About Poverty.

From Friday through Sunday this Father’s Day weekend, there were 22 shootings, 32 victims, and six homicides in Philadelphia. Amid these multiple tragedies, more Philadelphians […]

Business

Only 2.5 Percent of Philly Businesses Are Black-Owned. The City Must Act.

In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about how Black millennials might be able to close the generational wealth gap in our community. […]

City Life

Philly, We’re Officially Living in an Apartheid State

Since moving to Philadelphia nearly a decade ago, I’ve never understood why people have embraced the term “majority-minority” as a way of describing the city. […]

City Life

The Moral Case for Why We Must Repeal Philadelphia’s Soda Tax

“The Philadelphia beverage tax — I know it has people angry about it, but it’s like Obamacare,” Mayor Jim Kenney told a crowd of Black […]

City Life

City Council Should Ban Cashless Stores, Because Philly Can’t Afford Them

City Council has finally produced a practical idea this year that simultaneously looks out for the poor and makes life easier for the rest of […]

Business

I Love My Job: United Way CEO Bill Golderer Sets the Record Straight on Poverty in Philly

Bill Golderer, the visionary behind some of Philadelphia’s most impactful organizations, from Broad Street Ministry to Rooster Soup Co., is now at the helm of […]

City Life

Pew Report: Philly Remains the Poorest of America’s 10 Largest Cities

Although job numbers are up and population continues to rise, Philadelphia has maintained its unenviable position as the poorest of American’s biggest cities, according to […]

City Life

Philly’s Poverty Rate Is the Highest Among U.S. Big Cities

Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative released the findings of a new report on Wednesday that examined, in detail, our city’s poor. At 25.7 percent, […]

Business

Here’s How Much Income Puts You in Philadelphia’s Top 1 Percent

The gap between the country’s top earners and everyone else is, unsurprisingly, still widening, and a report from CNBC this week gives us some insight […]

City Life

Enough With the Free Turkeys, Politicians — Get Serious About Reducing Poverty

The older I get, the more I realize that for all of the progress Philadelphia prides itself on, there is still so much that needs […]

City Life

ThinkFest Recap: 3 Takeaways From Otis Bullock Jr. on Generational Poverty

Otis Bullock Jr. still remembers the first time he understood the depths of the poverty that he was born into in North Philadelphia. It was 1996, […]

City Life

Generational Poverty: Trying to Solve Philly’s Most Enduring Problem

Mattie McQueen was about five years old when her mother offered a surprise: “Let’s all go for ice cream.” McQueen and three of her siblings […]