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How To: Start A Registered Community Organization (RCO)

How To: Start A Registered Community Organization (RCO)

A few years ago, City Council established new qualifications for community organizations that wish to be part of development decisions in their area. Registered Community Organizations (RCO) are formal groups of community members that weigh in on the physical development of their neighborhood, from community gardens to zoning issues. When a developer wants to build […]

 

Tacony: Creativity Freshens Up Torresdale Avenue

Tacony: Creativity Freshens Up Torresdale Avenue

Walking down Torresdale Avenue in Tacony guarantees plenty of windows to look though. But sometimes windows need more than Windex, and the refreshing of buildings can give more to look at. So in 2014, the Tacony Community Development Corporation started revitalizing the Torresdale Avenue business corridor in the neighborhood. Torresdale Avenue Storefront Improvement Program (TSIP) Project Manager Alex […]

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Center City: Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Focuses on Clean Communities

Center City: Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Focuses on Clean Communities

Michelle Feldman has been the executive director of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful since early 2013. As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is focused on cleaning and improving communities. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1985 as PhilaPride, is located in Center City but has operated throughout Philadelphia under its current name and format since […]

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Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

For generations, Philadelphia has been a city of residents and commuters, creating a diverse city with a bustling downtown district and thriving satellite commercial centers connected by the original grid of surface streets and the newer web of interstates and expressways. Trains snake through hidden cuts in the city as buses trudge up and down […]

 

Logan: Improving a ‘Forgotten’ Neighborhood

“Aint nobody helping us,”  said Toni Ross, a Logan resident since 1971, motioning towards the gated community garden in the middle of  North 12th Street. “Give us some goods and services. They [the City of Philadelphia] can get us some moss and put it where it needs to be and actually make it look good,” […]

 

Logan: Empowering Residents Through Neighborhood Planning

A neighborhood plan is created to solve the physical problems of a community. In Logan, the Logan CDC, along with planning firm WRT, is looking to address issues including a lack of safe areas for children to play in the community and a shortage of fresh produce in the area. However, just as importantly, they […]

 

Olney: Organizations and Arts Alliance Keeps Arts Alive

Facing a $304 million budget deficit last June, the School District of Philadelphia laid off 3,800 employees, including 127 assistant principals, 676 teachers, 283 counselors, 1,202 aides, 307 secretaries and 769 service assistants. Extracurricular programs and activities, like art and music education, felt the deficit. For the 2013-2014 school year, in what many called a […]

 

Olney: Cambodian Association Adapts to Changing Needs

Olney: Cambodian Association Adapts to Changing Needs

“The [Cambodian] Association was the place of gathering,” said Chantha Chum. “You know, for the people to share their stories, to do religious celebrations, to hold New Year’s celebrations. This was a place to share our stories, to share our suffering, to share where we came from. As refugees, we longed to have this communal […]

 Drew Russin, Mike Kitay and Jennifer Robnett

The Philadelphia Waterfront: Places To Know On The Delaware

The Philadelphia Waterfront: Places To Know On The Delaware

The Delaware River Waterfront is in the midst of a complete transformation. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, along with the Philadelphia Port Authority and private investors, are helping to transform neglected piers and waterfront property into parks, paths, art installations and galleries, music venues, condominiums and restaurants. DRWC aims to increase accessibility, offer more free […]

 By Samuel Scimeca and Micaella Wesley

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

[vimeo 80776295] It’s no secret that the School District of Philadelphia has fallen on hard times. The district has to work with the budget it has set and because of this budget there have been many staff layoffs. Among those laid off include principals, assistant principals, secretaries and teachers. One position that was hit hard were […]

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