Brewerytown

 By Andrea Lorenzo and Aden Gideon

Brewerytown: Father’s Day Rally Committee Honors Positive Father Figures

Brewerytown: Father’s Day Rally Committee Honors Positive Father Figures

[vimeo 25466676] [vimeo 25478530] Every year in June the Father’s Day Rally Committee holds its Fatherhood Awards Reception honoring outstanding father figures in Philadelphia. A founding focus of the FDRC is helping African-American males faced with social, economic, legal, educational and relationship challenges that deter them from being responsible and productive role models. The men […]

 By Andrea Lorenzo and Aden Gideon

Brewerytown: Father’s Day Rally Committee Leads Fatherhood Movement in Philadelphia

Brewerytown: Father’s Day Rally Committee Leads Fatherhood Movement in Philadelphia

[vimeo 25519715] In 1989 Bilal Qayyum led the creation of an organization called the Father’s Day Rally Committee. From its inception the FDRC has sought to promote responsible fatherhood in African-American communities across Philadelphia. Over two decades after its founding the FDRC is considered one of Philadelphia’s most active grassroots organizations working to stop the […]

 By Andrea Lorenzo and Aden Gideon

Brewerytown: Father’s Day Rally Committee Promotes Responsible Fatherhood

Brewerytown: Father’s Day Rally Committee Promotes Responsible Fatherhood

Tired of both the problems confronting black males in Philadelphia and the problems caused by some black males Bilal Qayyum decided to do more to make a positive change. In 1989 Qayyum founded the Father’s Day Rally Committee to promote responsible fatherhood in the African-American communities of Philadelphia. Over two decades later the FDRC is […]

 By Ben Gamber and Ashlyn Coyne

Brewerytown: Redevelopment Continues to Bring Change to Area

Brewerytown: Redevelopment Continues to Bring Change to Area

As you walk down Girard Street in Brewerytown the signs of change are extremely obvious. When crossing over 29th Street it can feel as if you walked into a real estate catalog as for sale and rent signs litter the front steps and windows of properties for more than a block. What was once a […]

 By Kali Wyrosdic and Ross Ennis

Brewerytown: Getting Ready for Spring Cleanup

Brewerytown: Getting Ready for Spring Cleanup

In preparation for the city’s Fourth Annual Philly Spring Cleanup, the Fairmount Community Development Corp. put 10 new hand painted trash cans along the intersections of West Girard Avenue between 25th and 29th streets. Aimed at putting an end to litter and illegal dumping permanently, the Streets Department-funded Philly Spring Cleanup is a small part […]

 By Brad Larrison and Lindsay Burgess

Brewerytown: Commercial Developments to Improve Quality of Life

Brewerytown: Commercial Developments to Improve Quality of Life

[vimeo 18637306] Ten years ago, West Girard Avenue looked like a completely different street. What used to be a sidewalk littered with vacant storefronts is now a budding commercial corridor where new businesses are cropping up left and right. “Walking up Girard Avenue a few years back, all you’d see were cell phone retailers and […]

 By Lindsay Burgess

Brewerytown: Cafe Opens on West Girard Avenue

Brewerytown: Cafe Opens on West Girard Avenue

Four white cups brimming with hot coffee sit precariously in a teetering cardboard beverage carrier perched on a customer’s forearm. She struggles to reach for the doorknob that barely clings to its old wooden anchor. “Oh, let me get that for you!” exclaims the petite redhead sitting close to the door. “So sorry about that, […]

 By Brad Larrison

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

A storefront, a banquet hall, an auto tag store and even private homes provide a venues for residents to vote in Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown. These polling places may be less traditional than the public schools or community centers voters are accustomed to. However, there is no reason to believe that the venue would effect […]

 By Phil Coles

Brewerytown: Neighborhood Boxer Inducted into Hall of Fame

Brewerytown: Neighborhood Boxer Inducted into Hall of Fame

[vimeo 20373495] In a city with a history of great boxers, it’s easy to overlook one: Brewerytown’s Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown. On May 16, however, Brown was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame–an honor he feels is a bit overdue. “I think I should have been in earlier,” says Brown. “It is what […]

 By Phil Coles

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

[vimeo 18391442] After decades of population and job losses, developers and community leaders have hope that Brewerytown can take advantage of its proximity to Center City to become a thriving area for small business owners.  New shops have begun moving into the neighborhood and with them, come more jobs. “The more people that live in […]