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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

 

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

The intersection of Lawrence and Jefferson streets may seem like a regular corner, but between noon and 1 p.m. a line will form in front of a nondescript apartment window. Members of the community will patiently wait outside The Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker House for the free, hot lunch it provides Monday through Thursday […]

 

Kensington: Impact Hub Philadelphia Seeks Global Imprint with Community Kitchen

Kensington: Impact Hub Philadelphia Seeks Global Imprint with Community Kitchen

New initiatives are happening in Kensington and for Impact Hub Philadelphia, it’s a community kitchen that will serve as a gateway for bringing together more than food and the community. Impact Hub’s Kitchen Project Manager Laurel Klein and Campaign Director Tom Wingert are planning to set the table for entrepreneurs, artists, nonprofits, activists, innovators and the […]

 

Casinos: SugarHouse Gives Back To Community

As part of the Community Benefits Agreement with SugarHouse Casino, the Penn Treaty Special Services District has received $500,000 per year from SugarHouse since opening in 2010. Once SugarHouse’s second phase is finished, presumably bringing in more revenue, the amount will jump up to $1 million per year. So what exactly does PTSSD do with […]

 

Casinos: Penn Treaty Special Services District

While the gaming license process is often presented as an us-versus-them scenario pitting the big bad casinos against potential neighbors who want no part of said casinos, the reality is much more nuanced than that. Casino-Free Philadelphia helped represent Fishtown in their fight against SugarHouse Casino, but they were by no means the only group […]

 

5th Street: South Kensington Community Partners Greening Project

5th Street: South Kensington Community Partners Greening Project

South Kensington has experienced a high influx of new homeowners, renters and sustainable construction. The new people live amongst the longtime residents. The pattern of gentrification has increased the need for community smoothing through outreach and activism. La Finquita (The Little Farm), an urban community garden space located at 438 W. Master Street, is an […]

 

South Kensington: 3rd Ward Showcases Work of Marcella Marsella

South Kensington: 3rd Ward Showcases Work of Marcella Marsella

[vimeo 69430787] “Where were you when Michael Jackson died?” artist Marcella Marsella said as she started her presentation of art work. While a few people remembered their location, others remained silent. Marsella began her slideshow with a Google Maps snapshot pinpointing her exact location outside of the art store and gallery, Needles and Pens in San […]

 By Sara Khan and Alyssa Saylor

Plan Philly: New Brewery Under Construction in South Kensington

Plan Philly: New Brewery Under Construction in South Kensington

The Fifth Street neighborhood block between Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Montgomery and Germantown Avenues will soon be the home of the Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. Construction is under way for this brewery that will also have a restaurant and pub attached. The brewery is expected to open over the summer with the pub’s opening […]

 By Alyssa Saylor and Sara Khan

Plan Philly: South Kensington Business Owner May Lose Seven Properties

Plan Philly: South Kensington Business Owner May Lose Seven Properties

Mel Anthanasiadis, the owner of El Greco Pizza & Luncheonette, has been quite popular over the past year and a half. His struggle to keep his seven properties in South Kensington has been featured in City Paper, News Works and other Philadelphia media outlets. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Arab American Community Development Association […]

 By Sara Khan and Alyssa Saylor

Plan Philly: South Kensington Residents Mixed on Spitting

Plan Philly: South Kensington Residents Mixed on Spitting

Pedestrians need to focus while walking down a street—sometimes just to watch out for spit. South Kensington residents explained that spitting is common. Some said they found it gross, while other residents who do actually spit on the street or sidewalk explained why. “I think it’s disgusting. You shouldn’t be doing that with kids playing […]

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