Housing: A Special Report

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Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Dating back to the 1680s, when it was a just small part of Germantown, the neighborhood of Mount Airy has a rich history that has shaped the diverse and tight-knit community that it is today. In 1750, William Allen, a chief justice for the province of Pennsylvania, built an estate at the corner of modern-day […]

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Northwest Philadelphia: Jumpstart Germantown Looks to Revitalize the Community One Property at a Time

Northwest Philadelphia: Jumpstart Germantown Looks to Revitalize the Community One Property at a Time

Jumpstart Germantown is a redevelopment program that was established in April, 2014 by Mount Airy real estate developer Ken Weinstein. The organization tackles the problems of blighted properties in the Northwest by training a new generation of developers how to invest in and revitalize real estate. “I liked taking junk, something like old buildings, and doing […]

 

Queen Village: How Residents Helped Create the First Conservation District

Queen Village: How Residents Helped Create the First Conservation District

It all started because there were too many garages in Queen Village. According to the co-chair of the Queen Village Neighbors Association zoning committee, Michael Hauptman, it was around 2006 or 2007 when the neighborhood started to change. Homes that were primarily three stories and of no historical value got purchased and then demolished. The new […]

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Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Street Soccer USA On any given night in the United States, there are approximately 564,708 people who are counted as homeless. On any given night in this country, there are also 39,907 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 18-24. As of 2014, at a local level, between 30 and 40 percent of Philadelphia’s youth live […]

 

West Kensington: St. Boniface Redevelopment Embraces Neighborhood Needs

West Kensington: St. Boniface Redevelopment Embraces Neighborhood Needs

West Kensington’s beloved St. Boniface Catholic Church stood for nearly 150 years on Hancock and Diamond streets, hosting a plethora of weddings, funerals, graduations and bilingual sermons to generations of families in the Norris Square community. The Norris Square Civic Association, now Norris Square Community Alliance, purchased the St. Boniface complex in 2007 for a $10 […]

 

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Places You Need to Know

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Places You Need to Know

The neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia are unique to the city. With signature cobblestone roads, rowhomes and Colonial-style architecture, this region represents historical Philadelphia’s journey to the present. Organizations and iconic sites in areas like Germantown have gone through journeys of their own – some flourishing, others not so much. 1. The Queen Lane Apartments The […]

 By Rich Deaver and Josh McAdams

Hunting Park: Opposing Perspectives on the Decline of Housing

Hunting Park: Opposing Perspectives on the Decline of Housing

Where do the stars come from? Why are we here? These questions have no definitive answer or explanation. Similarly questions with no definitive answers arise when talking about the housing situation in Hunting Park. Melvin Smith, director of constituent services for Philadelphia City Councilman Darrell Clarke, explained that there are many factors contributing to the […]

 By Cherri Gregg

Ludlow: A Community Struggles to Find a New Leader

Ludlow: A Community Struggles to Find a New Leader

Ludlow is a community in mourning. Marvin Louis, the former executive director of the Ludlow Community Association, died in May. He lived on North Sixth Street for more than 40 years, acting as a liaison between city government and residents of the community he cared so much about.  Fondly referred to as the “Mayor of […]

 By Amay Smith and Christina Trinh

Port Richmond: Vacant School is Site for New Senior Housing

Port Richmond: Vacant School is Site for New Senior Housing

Port Richmond senior Eileen Woods said she and her girlfriends were excited to hear about future senior housing at Nativity because it was their former grade school. She said it would be nice to go back and return to her roots. “Sure, it’d be great for a bunch of us to live in a house […]

 By Amay Smith and Christina Trinh

Port Richmond: Senior Residents Ready for New Housing

Port Richmond: Senior Residents Ready for New Housing

Due to limited housing for the seniors in the neighborhood, many opt for housing opportunities in neighboring areas such as Fishtown, Bridesburg or Kensington to better serve their needs. Some senior residents of Port Richmond have moved to the Neumann Senior Housing (formerly St. Mary’s Hospital) at 1601 E. Palmer St. and others have settled […]

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