Northern Liberties

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Northern Liberties: Zoning Chairman Has Watched the Neighborhood Improve for 31 years

Northern Liberties: Zoning Chairman Has Watched the Neighborhood Improve for 31 years

Larry Freedman has been living in Northern Liberties since 1986. Back then, there was barely even a store to buy a quart of milk. Today, many properties are worth more than one million dollars. As the zoning chairman for the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association, Freedman has been an integral member of the community for quite some […]

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Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Someone walking down American Street through Northern Liberties would see many sleek, modern homes mixed with niche places to shop and eat. They might hear echoes of thumping and clanking from new construction and definitely a few barking dogs. The neighborhood wasn’t always a hub of expansion. Similar to small towns along the Rust Belt, […]

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Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Like other parts of the city, Northern Liberties’ housing market has rapidly expanded in recent years. It seems as if every other street is restricted by orange construction barricades. By the time the seasons change, they’re gone, a new building is up and an old brick home is being demolished. New construction often comes with […]

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Northern Liberties: Tax Reform Plans Separate Trump, Clinton

Northern Liberties: Tax Reform Plans Separate Trump, Clinton

As this unpredictable election season enters its final week, tax reform is easily overshadowed by the new scandal of the day. But without taxes, the government wouldn’t have the money to build a border wall or fund universal health care. The candidates’ tax plans are a cornerstone of their economic agendas and, at the same […]

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Callowhill: Jaime Salm and Mio Culture

Callowhill: Jaime Salm and Mio Culture

In 1997, Jaime Salm moved to the United States from Colombia with a creative eye for design and a strong value for environmental protection. It wasn’t until after college that he would merge the concepts together to form his own sustainable design company. After getting denied by a number of schools in New York, Salm […]

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Sustainable Living: Five Eco-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia

Sustainable Living: Five Eco-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia

When a business is sustainable, its practices demonstrate how to make a profit while also promoting, addressing and being conscious of environmental issues. Here are a few businesses that focus their mission not only on making money but remaining environmentally sound. Moon + Arrow 754 S. 4th St. Originating as a handmade jewelry line five years ago, Moon […]

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Kensington: After-School Program Allows For A Comeback In The Arts

Kensington: After-School Program Allows For A Comeback In The Arts

After the school day was over at John Moffet Elementary, eager students sat attentively in an auditorium holding a tabla (“hand drum”) in one arm while rhythmically tapping with the other. With the help of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Moffet has been able to maintain an after-school program that focuses on enriching students through art […]

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Fitness: Five Unique Places to Get Healthy

Fitness: Five Unique Places to Get Healthy

With so many fitness options in Philadelphia, it is tough to find a place that offers unique programs and experiences that you cannot get elsewhere. Several places around the city allow for a different way to help you feel your best. Warrior Gym – South Philadelphia Located in South Philadelphia near the corner of 12th and Mifflin […]

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Olde Kensington: Imam Aims To Build Stronger Ties Within The Community

Olde Kensington: Imam Aims To Build Stronger Ties Within The Community

Mohamed Shehata, an imam at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, was born and raised in Egypt. An imam at a mosque typically leads prayer and leads the mosque. Shehata came into the Philadelphia community in 2001 after accepting the offer of leading the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society community. Since then, he has worked on building better relationships between Muslims and […]

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Kensington/Northern Liberties: Five Coffee Shops Worth Visiting

Kensington/Northern Liberties: Five Coffee Shops Worth Visiting

Gentrification of Northern Liberties and Kensington has shifted these neighborhoods into a new direction. With many diverse people living the area, it has caused a rise in the openings of new cafes. According to a 2015 report on the city’s independent economy published by the Center City District, the number of self-employed people ranges from 30,000 to 35,000. Some come to cafes to […]

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