Neighborhoods

 

Kensington: One Neighborhood, Two Worlds

Kensington: One Neighborhood, Two Worlds

The dynamic neighborhood of Kensington is evolving in several ways. On one hand, the community is facing one of the worst drug crisis in the country. Meanwhile, housing developers are beginning to change the neighborhood, bringing in new members along with them. In this video, hear from two Kensington residents and Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, […]

 

Kensington: As Two Friends Grow Up, One Does So In Front Of The Camera And One Behind It

Kensington: As Two Friends Grow Up, One Does So In Front Of The Camera And One Behind It

Chris Riebow is an 18-year-old recent high school graduate, born and raised in Kensington. He has been a freelance photographer since the age of 14. Now, four years later, he has turned his hobby into a job he enjoys: working as a personal photographer for one of his closest friends, professional boxer Branden Pizarro. The […]

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Nicetown: Activists Continue To Fight Against SEPTA’s Gas Plant

Nicetown: Activists Continue To Fight Against SEPTA’s Gas Plant

For the past three years, environmental groups from across the city have actively opposed the construction of a new SEPTA gas plant (pictured above) planned for North Philadelphia. They have protested outside the Mayor Jim Kenney’s office and outside Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ office, gathered signatures for a petition sent to the mayor and taken legal […]

 

Brewerytown: New Business Owners Plan Space For Parents And Children

Brewerytown: New Business Owners Plan Space For Parents And Children

Coming soon to Brewerytown is a gathering space Eden Coffey and Jess Jones (above) would have loved to have when they were new mothers. In early 2019, co-owners Coffey and Jones will open up Kith + Kin, a multipurpose space that will host events for children as well as place for parents to connect with […]

 

Manyunk/Roxborough: A Photo Collection Of Then and Now

This photo series is a comparison of images of the neighborhood originally published in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and images taken this year. The old photos were recovered from the urban archives located in Samuel L. Paley Library on Temple University Main Campus here in Philadelphia. The George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Collection in […]

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Manayunk-Roxborough: Residents Confront Perennial Problems With Parking And Traffic

Manayunk-Roxborough: Residents Confront Perennial Problems With Parking And Traffic

On any given morning in Manayunk, traffic snakes up Green Lane, sometimes reaching 10 or more blocks from Main Street up to Manayunk Avenue and beyond. Commuters may spend a half-hour or more waiting to get out of the neighborhood onto City Line Avenue or I-76 to head to work. “People often cite that the […]

 

Spring Garden: Mayor’s Office Of Black Male Engagement Hosts Community Conversation

Spring Garden: Mayor’s Office Of Black Male Engagement Hosts Community Conversation

On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) hosted its My Brother’s Keeper event which featured a conversation on Economic, Empowerment, and Entrepreneurship. The event was a part of the City’s Community Conversations Initiative, in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for Male Engagement, as a platform designed to engage residents […]

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Germantown: One Refugee Family’s Experience Avoiding Deportation

Germantown: One Refugee Family’s Experience Avoiding Deportation

This past August, Oneita and Clive Thompson (pictured above) received a phone call telling them something they never could have imagined: they were being deported. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer left Clive Thompson a voicemail instructing him to call back as soon as possible. “They called us on the 24th and said we […]

 

Chinatown: Navigating Change, Growth And Development

Chinatown: Navigating Change, Growth And Development

Crafted by artists from Tianjin, China and coated with tiles manufactured in Philadelphia, the Friendship Gate on 10th and Arch streets symbolizes a kinship between two cities that are nearly 7,000 miles apart. In 1984, the 40-foot arch was erected at the border of Chinatown. Since then, massive development projects — like the Vine Street […]

 

Kingsessing: Bartram’s Garden Serves Community For Centuries

Kingsessing: Bartram’s Garden Serves Community For Centuries

In Southwest Philadelphia is something beautifully unexpected: the nation’s oldest surviving botanic garden. Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre national landmark and public space, sprawling along the Schuylkill River in the Kingsessing neighborhood. The Garden is owned by the city but is operated by the John Bartram Association, a nonprofit and namesake of the founder’s historic […]

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