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Mount Airy: Five Places to Grab a Bite on Germantown Avenue

Mount Airy: Five Places to Grab a Bite on Germantown Avenue

Mount Airy is a quiet neighborhood in the Northwest portion of Philadelphia. Situated between Germantown and Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy is undergoing a “revival” of sorts with many new businesses and restaurants coming to the area. Historically, it has been one of the most diverse and safe communities throughout Philadelphia, allowing it to be a […]

 

West Philadelphia: Free Library Book Bike Rolls into Local Events

West Philadelphia: Free Library Book Bike Rolls into Local Events

The Free Library of Philadelphia has a new branch, but this one has rims, wheels, brakes and a box full of books above a three-speed handlebar. Known as a “Book Bike,” this new outreach initiative is a fully functioning mobile library that attends events around the city. Employees hope to inspire the public to more fully embrace […]

 

Politics: Mayor Kenney Expands His Focus

Politics: Mayor Kenney Expands His Focus

When Jim Kenney was elected mayor in late 2015, it remained to be seen what direction he intended to take Philadelphia. After campaigning on education reform and job outlook improvement, voters were anxious to see what Mayor Kenney’s first steps in office would be. As Mayor Kenney’s first actions took place over the past five […]

 

Northern Liberties: With Increased Crime Comes Self-Defense Classes

Northern Liberties: With Increased Crime Comes Self-Defense Classes

After a 20-year-old waitress named Sabina O’Donnell was beaten, raped and strangled in Northern Liberties five years ago, Lawrence Whitaker, chief instructor of at Urban Defense on 6th Street near Fairmount Avenue, knew he needed to do something so the same wouldn’t happen to others. He started a class, Defense for Women, which teaches women the skills […]

 

Northeast: Catholic High Schools Mixed About Pope

Northeast: Catholic High Schools Mixed About Pope

George Todt looked at Archbishop Ryan High School’s rear grounds as he reflected on Pope John Paul II’s Oct. 3, 1979 visit to Philadelphia. John Paul II had come to a city where 1 million people had attended his open-air Mass, at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, in Logan Circle Todt remembered John […]

 

Roxborough: Young Voters Absent From Primary Polls

Roxborough: Young Voters Absent From Primary Polls

It was a quiet and unusually empty afternoon in the auditorium of the polling station at Ridge Avenue and Rector Street. Located right next to the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, volunteers and poll workers were stationed outdoors and indoors, anxiously awaiting a crowd to come in and place their votes for the 2015 primary election. Throughout the […]

 

Center City: ‘Philadelphia Is Baltimore’ Rally Floods Streets

Center City: ‘Philadelphia Is Baltimore’ Rally Floods Streets

Around the world, demonstrations are taking place in support of the Baltimore protestors and to highlight police brutality and racial issues in their own cities in the wake of the Freddie Gray death. Yesterday, hundreds of people participated in a rally, dubbed ‘Philadelphia is Baltimore,’ outside of City Hall in Center City. The rally started at Dilworth […]

 

Amateur Sports: ClassPass Changing the Way Philadelphians Exercise and Stay Fit

Amateur Sports: ClassPass Changing the Way Philadelphians Exercise and Stay Fit

It has been three months since innovative fitness service ClassPass launched in Philadelphia, and the program has already had an impact on changing the fitness scene in the city. CEO and co-founder Payal Kadakia said the main objective of ClassPass, since its start in 2013, has been to provide fitness enthusiasts with the workouts they love at an […]

 

Queen Village: A Modern Makeover for Fabric Row

Queen Village: A Modern Makeover for Fabric Row

Business owners on South Fourth Street have been actively working with the Headhouse District on an ongoing streetscape project. Located between South and Catherine Streets, the area is well-known as Historic Fabric Row. It became a hot spot for Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s who made a living by selling textiles. As businesses became successful after World War II, many […]

 

South Philadelphia: Search Continues For Missing Dog In Stolen Car

South Philadelphia: Search Continues For Missing Dog In Stolen Car

What was intended as a quick errand to Home Depot turned into a nightmare for new Philadelphia resident, JJ Pierce. Leaving the store, she realized her red Honda-CRV was no longer in the parking lot, and Louie, her mixed black labrador, was inside the car. Around 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, Pierce went to the […]