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Kensington: First Time Home Buyer Workshop Proves Valuable Resource For Locals

Kensington: First Time Home Buyer Workshop Proves Valuable Resource For Locals

For many, owning a first home is a big part of the American Dream. In Philadelphia, that dream is less of a reality than other cities in the country. According to public data sources gathered by Data USA, only 52.6 percent of homes in Philadelphia were occupied by their owner in 2015, more than 10 percent […]

 

Kensington: “It’s Not Just A Gurney Street Thing.”

Kensington: “It’s Not Just A Gurney Street Thing.”

Prevention Point Philadelphia has opened a year-round respite at its center in Kensington as a direct response to the City of Philadelphia’s decision to close down and clean up encampments along the Gurney Street Corridor. The organization has been doing winter respite for the past three years, but as of July 31 its doors are […]

 

How To: Qualify To Receive Financial Assistance For A Water Bill

How To: Qualify To Receive Financial Assistance For A Water Bill

When Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez saw her constituent’s water bills, she knew she needed to act. Despite a new assistance plan in place, there were still people who owed thousands of dollars in late and overdue payments. “This is crazy,” Quiñones-Sánchez said. “This is a government owned utility. How did people get into this debt?” […]

 

Social Issues: Pew’s Larry Eichel Speaks About Population Shifts In The City And Neighborhoods

Social Issues: Pew’s Larry Eichel Speaks About Population Shifts In The City And Neighborhoods

Larry Eichel has been the head of the Philadelphia Research Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trust for nine years. The nonprofit seeks to inform the conversation and highlight key issues to provide context for changes happening in Philadelphia. In his time there, Eichel has worked researching the city’s issues and demographics for the benefit of […]

 

Social Issues: “They’re Really Adept At Helping The Kids Understand How Today Impacts Tomorrow.”

Social Issues: “They’re Really Adept At Helping The Kids Understand How Today Impacts Tomorrow.”

Ted Qualli is the executive director of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, which provides youth in high-crime and low-income Philadelphia neighborhoods a safe place to go when not in school, as an alternative to the streets. Founded in 1947, programming at the 20 PAL Centers throughout the city includes sports, mentorship and educational assistance. Whether […]

 

Point Breeze: The Pharmacy Serves Up Fresh Coffee And Indie Music

Point Breeze: The Pharmacy Serves Up Fresh Coffee And Indie Music

While walking through Point Breeze, it isn’t difficult to spot The Pharmacy, a coffeehouse on the corner of 18th and Wharton streets. On its outside wall, a large orange head spouting the number “1300” can be seen, signifying the shop’s 1300 S. 18th St. address. A closer inspection reveals a sign that reads “Black and […]

 

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

María Quiñones-Sánchez took office 10 years ago representing District 7 in Philadelphia City Council. Long considered a party outsider, it is not uncommon to find her battling politically with Latino leaders in her own neighborhood, as well as other council members. Her sprawling council district is comprised of a wide area, covering all or parts […]

 

How To: Start A Community Garden

How To: Start A Community Garden

Finding a place to care for plants or harvest crops in an urban setting like Philadelphia may not be easy. However, throughout the city there are more than 60 community gardens at the public’s disposal. If none of the established gardens are close enough to home, or the waiting list to join is too long, there’s […]

 

Port Richmond: Philadelphia Skateboard Academy Helping On And Off The Board

Port Richmond: Philadelphia Skateboard Academy Helping On And Off The Board

It started in 2005 with ten kids, ten boards and ten helmets for ten weeks. “If you told me ten years ago we’d be working for the city of Philadelphia promoting and developing skateboarding programs, I wouldn’t have believed you,” AJ Kohn, founder of Philadelphia Skateboard Academy, said. Those ten kids in 2005 quickly blossomed […]

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