Neighborhoods

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Brewerytown: Residents Adapting Alongside New Developments, Businesses

Brewerytown: Residents Adapting Alongside New Developments, Businesses

Brewerytown is an attractive neighborhood to people looking for the cool, new hot spot to live. Its accessibility by public transportation and its proximity to Center City and Fairmount Park have made it an enticing area for developers and new residents. It’s no question that Brewerytown has seen changes in recent years. New apartment buildings […]

 

North Philadelphia: To Rebuild Trust, Heal Trauma in Black Communities, Mental Health Professionals Take a Culturally Relevant Approach

North Philadelphia: To Rebuild Trust, Heal Trauma in Black Communities, Mental Health Professionals Take a Culturally Relevant Approach

Tyrone Goldsmith used to sit at his grandmother’s window, his backpack ready, and wait for his father. He was 6 years old and had just moved from South Philadelphia to West Oak Lane with his mom. As time went by, Goldsmith (above) realized his dad wasn’t coming.  But he had other male figures in his […]

 

Politics: Philadelphia Protestant Home Residents Helping Encourage Statewide Change

Politics: Philadelphia Protestant Home Residents Helping Encourage Statewide Change

Since 1890, the Philadelphia Protestant Home has been welcoming residents into its doors as a non-profit senior living community tucked in Northeast Philadelphia. The facility currently holds more than 600 residents ranging from different levels of care including independent living, personal care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. According to AARP, 65 percent of all residents living […]

 

Roxborough: Inspired Community Leader Continuing a Lifetime of Activism

Roxborough: Inspired Community Leader Continuing a Lifetime of Activism

Every morning, activist the Rev. Richard Fernandez picks up the phone to call politicians’ offices. Fernandez began his activism in the 1960s while he was attending Penn University. He became involved in the civil rights movement and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “When I was in college I hitchhiked down to Montgomery (Alabama),” […]

 

Roxborough: Older Residents Stay Active with Protest Organization

Roxborough: Older Residents Stay Active with Protest Organization

The phrase “staying active” has taken on a new meaning for residents of the Cathedral Village Retirement Community in Roxborough and it’s political. The retirees formed the activists group Indivisible Village in January 2017 for residents there who wanted to engage in politics and fight for change. Indivisible Village is a local chapter of the national Indivisible […]

 

Brewerytown: The Yoga Studio Opens Arms to Everyone

Brewerytown: The Yoga Studio Opens Arms to Everyone

Emile Sorger, owner and founder of The Yoga and Movement Sanctuary at 26th Street and Girard Avenue, moved to Brewerytown in 2012. After witnessing the booming growth of his old neighborhood in Fishtown, he found similar circumstances in his new “up-and-coming” neighborhood. As a freelance yoga instructor, Sorger noticed the influence of his teachings in the city, […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: At Everquest Studios, Hip-Hop is Both Art and Outlet

Strawberry Mansion: At Everquest Studios, Hip-Hop is Both Art and Outlet

For Gary “Goliath Curtesy” Moody, hip-hop is about pain and healing. Moody has experienced his fair share of pain. When he was 16, his dad died of cancer. Moody found hip-hop as a way to express himself and his experiences, and reach others dealing with their own pain. He was 19 when he went to […]

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Comedy: Chris Wood Makes Fun of Life

Comedy: Chris Wood Makes Fun of Life

Chris Wood is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian that grew up in West Deptford, New Jersey and has been making a name for himself in the Philadelphia comedy scene. While working in an auto body repair shop during the day, he performs as a stand-up comedian at night at open mics and showcases around the city. […]

 

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

Robert Listenbee was lucky to have two supportive moms while growing up in the projects of Michigan. He had his biological mother, who was African American, and his “white mom,” a woman by the name of Hazel Persons. Persons’ primary role was as Listenbee’s high school activities director but she quickly became his chief motivator. […]

 

Poplar: Ukrainians Still Return to Area to Attend Historic Cathedral

Poplar: Ukrainians Still Return to Area to Attend Historic Cathedral

In 1907, Bishop Sotor Stephen Ortynsky, the first bishop of the Ukrainian Catholics, purchased the old Cathedral Church. More than 100 years later, Ukrainian Catholics flock to a new cathedral on the same land Ortynsky bought. “Ukrainians have a strong identity not only to their faith, but also to their ethnicity,” director of communications John […]