Brewerytown

 By Cory Victorella and Stephen Viafore

Brewerytown: Historical Trolley System Currently Derailed

Brewerytown: Historical Trolley System Currently Derailed

West Girard Avenue is host to the commercial corridor that runs through Brewerytown. Along these stores runs the historic trolleys that helped commuters travel up and down Girard Avenue daily. Recently, SEPTA announced that it will stop the service of the trolleys until Dec. 30, and replace them with diesel buses. The tracks from West […]

 By Cory Victorella and Stephen Viafore

Brewerytown: October Host to Brewfest

Brewerytown: October Host to Brewfest

Local breweries provided an Oktoberfest atmosphere at Mugshots coffee shop located at 28th and Girard streets. The event was dubbed “Brewfest” as members of the community filed in and sampled the coffee flavored beers that three local breweries showed off Thursday night. Yards Brewing Co. is one of the largest breweries in Philadelphia and held […]

 By Stephen Viafore and Cory Victorella

Brewerytown: Two Neighborhoods, One Community

Brewerytown: Two Neighborhoods, One Community

Brewerytown and Fairmount Community Development Corporations have been working together to restore the greater business bureau in Brewerytown. The shared goal is to institute the phrase, “two neighborhoods and one community.” The Brewerytown Neighborhood Plan was developed to help restore the neighborhood and get people living there back on their feet. The two groups recognized […]

 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

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 honored annually by the […]

 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

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 negative attitudes […]

 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

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 Chinese food […]

 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, […]