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Fairmount: Businesses Rely Heavily on Tourists for Their Success

Fairmount: Businesses Rely Heavily on Tourists for Their Success

Tourism in Philadelphia has been growing rapidly since 1997. According to Visit Philly’s 2016 Annual Report, overnight leisure in Philadelphia has had a 96 percent increase in the past 22 years. This increase in tourism greatly affects Philadelphia’s economy. According to Visit Philly, visitors in 2015 spent 6.7 billion dollars in the Philadelphia region, mostly […]

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Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

From Pope Francis’ visit in September 2015 to the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, Philadelphia has recently seen an increased number of tourists flock to the City of Brotherly Love. Each year, the city has seen a recent surge in visitors year over year, according to Visit Philadelphia. In 2015, the city had a total of 41 million […]

 

Fairmount: Mi Casita Preschool Offers an Innovative Way of Teaching Students to be Bilingual

Fairmount: Mi Casita Preschool Offers an Innovative Way of Teaching Students to be Bilingual

As the only Spanish immersion preschool program in Philadelphia, Mi Casita offers a unique teaching methodology to help children become bilingual. Melissa Page, the owner and founder of Mi Casita Preschool on Fairmount Avenue, has been involved with Mi Casita for more than three years. The school officially opened in March 2015. Currently, there are about […]

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Fairmount: Running Club Founder Bennett Brookstein Inspiring Others

Fairmount: Running Club Founder Bennett Brookstein Inspiring Others

Runner Bennett Brookstein has lived in Fairmount for almost half of his 45 years. He came up with the idea to start The Fairmount Running Club more than 11 years ago when running clubs were few and far between. According to the website Philadelphia Runner, there are currently 18 running clubs in the area. Despite the increase […]

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Fairmount: Five Locally Owned Businesses Serving the Community

Fairmount: Five Locally Owned Businesses Serving the Community

Many locally owned businesses are found along Fairmount Avenue. The variety helps fill the needs of the community and appeals to loyal customers, several business owners said. Fairmount Pet Shoppe This small business, located at 2024 Fairmount Ave., was opened by Courtney Tripp and started through her love of animals. She works with several local organizations, including Temple University, […]

 

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

In 2011, the Brewerytown CDC and the Fairmount CDC collaborated to turn an abandoned lot into a space the two neighborhoods could put to use, creating the foundation for the community run Girard-Dream Garden. With the help of a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Fairmount CDC was able to select and […]

 

Fishtown: ZogSportsPHL Giving Back to Charity Through Amateur Sports

Fishtown: ZogSportsPHL Giving Back to Charity Through Amateur Sports

On the Morning of 9/11, Robert Herzog was on his way to work. His office building was located on the 96th floor of World Trade Center One (North Tower). That morning, he did things he didn’t usually do. He hit the snooze button twice. He usually took an express train but took a different one […]

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Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

As education budget cuts have spread throughout the state of Pennsylvania, building closures present a way for school districts to quickly lower their costs. In Philadelphia, a large wave of closings occurred in 2013. During this time, the School District of Philadelphia closed 23 schools to help shrink a looming financial deficit of more than […]

 

Fairmount: Plants Providing Natural Healing Benefits to People Using Herbal Remedies

Fairmount: Plants Providing Natural Healing Benefits to People Using Herbal Remedies

Before pharmaceutical medicine became prevalent in modern society, people used holistic herbal medicine to treat illnesses. Today, the trend of using herbs for health care continues. “Essentially, herbal medicine is the use of plants as medicine in different forms which can be teas, tinctures or liquids, there are a lot of different ways to prepare them,” Adam […]

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Brewerytown: Gardeners Grow Strong Roots in Community

Brewerytown: Gardeners Grow Strong Roots in Community

The Brewerytown Community Garden brings fresh, inexpensive fruits and vegetables back into the community while also engaging residents with various events. “I love gardening, it kind of calms me down, it’s good for you,”said garden member Jeannie Brooks. “I grew up in a family of farmers and singers from Hopewell Township in New Jersey.” When Brooks relocated to […]

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