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Local Music: Five Unorthodox Places To Catch A Show

Local Music: Five Unorthodox Places To Catch A Show

Whats the best way to get to know Philadelphia’s music scene? Easy! Head out to one of the many local shows put together by Philly locals. Each of the following venues are known for their eclectic events that bring people together from all around the city and surrounding suburbs. Philadelphia easily has one of the […]

 

PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com Magazine

PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com Magazine

In the summer of 2017, through a generous donation from Lew and Janet Klein, PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com invited five former students (Jonathan Ginsburg, Jared Phillips, Ramona Roberts, Brianna Spause and Bob Stewart) to participate in a fellowship program to continue reporting throughout the summer. Each week we posted stories online about the happenings of particular neighborhoods from […]

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Strawberry Mansion: For Students at Hank Gathers Center, Success is Top Priority

Strawberry Mansion: For Students at Hank Gathers Center, Success is Top Priority

It’s 10 a.m. Saturday when the young, aspiring basketball players of Hank Gathers Recreation Center trickle into the gymnasium. By 11 a.m., practice has started. The gym is full as coaches Rodney Richardson and George Major order push-ups and suicides to warm up. The Hank Gathers basketball program has seen its successes including participants and […]

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Brewerytown: Stylist Veronica Dunbar Shares Her ‘Fit for a Queen’ Dream

Brewerytown: Stylist Veronica Dunbar Shares Her ‘Fit for a Queen’ Dream

Veronica Dunbar has called Brewerytown home for two years now. Originally from Southwest Philadelphia, she grew up in her father’s barbershop, where he worked for nearly 40 years. Surrounded by hairstylists from a young age, she knew this would be a profession that would not only feel like home, but bring positivity to those she […]

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North Philadelphia: Colwin Williams Goes From Prison to Protector of City’s At Risk Youth

North Philadelphia: Colwin Williams Goes From Prison to Protector of City’s At Risk Youth

Colwin Williams first began getting in trouble in school, fighting in order to appear tough. As he got older, the trouble continued. He got caught up in drugs and by his early 20s, Williams had spent years in and out of county jail for armed robberies — a result, he said, of trying to support […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Preschools Are Important, But Underfunded

Strawberry Mansion: Preschools Are Important, But Underfunded

Amanda Bowman always imagined herself as a mother. When the time came for her to have children, she was presented with two surprises. The first: she would have to raise them as a single parent. The second: she was having twins. Despite the challenges that faced her, she knew she was going to send them […]

 

Nicetown: SEPTA Power Plant Could Hurt the Health of Residents

Nicetown: SEPTA Power Plant Could Hurt the Health of Residents

A child living in Nicetown is four times more likely to have asthma than the average American child, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Local community members and environmental groups believe the health problems are only going to get worse once a natural gas power plant is built in their community. The $26.8 million plant, […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Property Developers Strive To Improve Neighborhood

Strawberry Mansion: Property Developers Strive To Improve Neighborhood

When walking through Strawberry Mansion, you may notice an overabundance of vacant properties and abandoned houses. It was not always like this. Due to redlining, a racist collusion between banks and city government, where people of certain races were prevented from buying homes in certain sections of the city, the historic neighborhood on the edge […]

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Poplar: Five Pieces of Philadelphia History

Poplar: Five Pieces of Philadelphia History

The original city plans laid out on a map by William Penn only included the area between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers between Vine and South streets. People, however, settled outside of those areas, including what is now known as the Poplar neighborhood. “Certain neighborhoods were settled by individuals from certain parts of Europe or were […]

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Poplar: Community Learning Farm Fills Need, Establishes Roots

Poplar: Community Learning Farm Fills Need, Establishes Roots

Federation of Neighborhood Centers Philly seeks to create partnerships with organizations to provide workforce training, re-entry services, improved food access, youth development and urban farming. It accomplishes these goals through one of its initiatives, the FNC Community Learning Farms. The oldest of its three farms was founded in 2005 next to the East Poplar Playground […]