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West Philadelphia: A Slice of Japan in Fairmount Park

West Philadelphia: A Slice of Japan in Fairmount Park

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is getting ready for a partial roof replacement later this summer. While most might find this subject to be of no interest, there is actually a unique story behind it. The roof on the home is made out of hinoki bark. “Hinoki roofs are a pretty rare thing to find […]

 

Fifth Street: Small Businesses Nourish the Neighborhood

Fifth Street: Small Businesses Nourish the Neighborhood

North Fifth Street has been busy with small business, shoppers and community activists for years. The small businesses on the street have a waterfall effect that has nourished the neighborhoods it runs through. According to one store owner along the strip, a main concern is safety – providing a safe environment would allow for more […]

 

Feltonville: Handball is uniting communities and keeping kids out of trouble

Feltonville: Handball is uniting communities and keeping kids out of trouble

In a city where drugs and violence are easy to get wrapped up in, there’s a constant need to get the youth involved in safe outlets that keeps them off the streets. Wally Amaro, 38, is a role model for the kids in the neighborhoods. A humble man who works in commercial construction, his real […]

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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 […]

 

University City: Medical Students Preserve Cuban Dance and Culture

University City: Medical Students Preserve Cuban Dance and Culture

Two University of Pennsylvania medical students are committed to promoting the traditional Cuban dance scene, which is hard to find compared to the salsa dancing and twerking usually seen on the dance floors of Philadelphia.  Michael Huang and Leilani Chirino teach Cuban dance at World Cafe Live as well as at Penn for anyone who wants to […]

 

Gayborhood: Bearlesque Performance Group Promotes Body Positivity

Gayborhood: Bearlesque Performance Group Promotes Body Positivity

Bearlesque is a body-positive, gender-inclusive burlesque performance group featuring people of all sexualities. The organization was created in 2014 by Josh Schonewolf and Connor Michalchuk as a one-off show for ‘bears,’ a slang term in the LGBTQ community for larger, hairier, more masculine gay men. The more Michalchuk and Schonewolf discussed their ideas, the more […]

 

Hunting Park: Black Diamond Dance Troupe Prepares Girls For Healthy Futures Through Dance and Mentoring

Hunting Park: Black Diamond Dance Troupe Prepares Girls For Healthy Futures Through Dance and Mentoring

Hip-Hop music played loudly at the Hunting Park Recreation Center, where a group of young girls smiled with joy as they began preparation for their next performance. The Black Diamond Dance Troupe was founded two years ago by Camisha Moyer, Shana Bowman and Kishna Jeantine, who serve as the dance coaches for the troupe. The […]

 

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Young children and their guardians watched as a big blue, red and white volleyball went back and forth over a volleyball net which signified the beginning of another family fit class at the Esperanza Center on 4417 N. 6th St. in Hunting Park. The children and their parents smiled as they began the 90 minute session that […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

The proposed expansion of the Engine 37 firehouse (above) in Chestnut Hill remains a burning topic in the local community as steps are being taken to allow the 123-year old station to remain functional yet historically accurate. Located at 101 West Highland Ave. in the heart of Philadelphia’s “Garden District,” the Engine 37 firehouse is the […]

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