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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 […]


The Soda Tax Battle’s Biggest Winners and Losers

One of the longest and most expensive political wars in recent Philadelphia history has come to an end. On Thursday, City Council voted 13-4 to enact a tax on […]


Study: 670,000 Philadelphians Live In Economically Distressed Areas

Forty-three percent of Philadelphians live in “distressed” ZIP codes, according to a new report from the nonprofit Economic Innovation Group. That adds up to nearly 670,000 people, […]


Poor Philadelphians Are Leaving $100M in Tax Credits on the Table

Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the United States. There are about 395,000 people living below the poverty line here, including 126,000 children. The city’s poverty is brutal, […]


2 Years After Philadelphia’s Big Anti-Poverty Push Began, Little Has Changed

In 2013, Mayor Nutter launched “Shared Prosperity Philadelphia.” It was his administration’s first comprehensive anti-poverty initiative, and though it was arriving later than many advocates hoped […]


The Brief: Supreme Court Candidate Gave Homophobe-Baiting Defense

1. LGBT advocates say Adams County President Judge Michael George, who is running in the state Supreme Court race as a Republican, gave a “repulsive” defense in […]


Insider: Mayor-to-Be Kenney, Please Make Poverty a Cabinet-Level Priority

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) Philadelphia’s problematic poverty rate is an issue that demands strong action, and a cabinet-level position […]


Op-Ed: 7 Ways To Fight Poverty In Philly

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from Community Legal Services attorneys Sharon Dietrich and Louise Hayes.) Philadelphia continues to have the highest rate of deep […]


Want Your Kids to Grow Up Rich? Move to Bucks

Predicting someone’s future income is not like scouting baseball talent. Statistics on height, weight, arm strength don’t apply. Household income matters, we know that already. But what […]