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$30,000 Guarantees Another Year Of The Hidden City Daily

November 23, 2015 | by Nathaniel Popkin

 

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Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Journalists like to deal in facts. Here’s ours: Hidden City runs on $100,000 a year, and that includes everything: writers, editors, photographers, tours, insurance, accounting, and office space.

Here’s another: high quality journalism is getting harder to fund and support. In a year that’s seen cuts at every journalism outlet in Philadelphia and the loss of the City Paper, community-supported, non-profit journalism is more important than ever.

Today we launch our annual Fall campaign. If we raise our $30,000 goal, we guarantee another year of the Hidden City Daily. If we don’t, we can’t.

Our campaign ends December 18, 11:59PM.

Click HERE to donate.

Can we do it? This year, instead of 225 contributors, we need 400-500. (Hint: tell a friend to click HERE.) In addition to raising our goal, we’ve cut out fees. One hundred percent of what we raise goes to operations. To save money we’ve decided not to make a campaign video. You know why Hidden City is special. We’ve added great perks–the best holiday gifts–with more coming throughout the campaign.

But why do it? Because we promise to:

Keep tabs on Jim Kenney’s performance around preservation and urbanism.
Examine problems at the Historical Commission
Document anti-urbanism at the Zoning Board of Adjustment
Critique new development at the Navy Yard
Track plans for vulnerable buildings like the Blue Horizon, Delaware Power Station, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Our need is, in fact, IMMEDIATE: we will run out of funds without your support.

The pot at the end of the rainbow is your favorite web magazine. With your support, we’ll keep publishing. Donate Now, and take us along in 2016.

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About the Author

Nathaniel Popkin Nathaniel Popkin is co-founder of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (with Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott) and two novels, Everything is Borrowed and Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of Who Will Speak for America, an anthology forthcoming in June 2018, and the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."

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