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Mantua: Residents Speak Out on Priorities for Next Mayor of Philadelphia

Mantua: Residents Speak Out on Priorities for Next Mayor of Philadelphia

On Nov. 3, the people of Philadelphia will elect Mayor Michael Nutter’s successor. Philadelphia’s new mayor will be handed the enormous task of alleviating a city fraught with poverty, segregation and criticism of stop and frisk. Declared Democratic candidates include Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, James F. Kenney, Doug Oliver, Milton Street and Anthony H. Williams. The […]

 

Mantua: Residents Seek Stronger Communication with City Hall

Mantua: Residents Seek Stronger Communication with City Hall

Redevelopment, providing accessible fresh food and strengthening communication between politicians and their constituents are all priorities that Mantuans are talking about in regards to the upcoming mayoral election. “I think we had a lot of stuff on the backburner for years and those smaller things are becoming boulders,” said Mantua Civic Association president De’Wayne Drummond. “So […]

 

Mantua: Through City Year, New College Graduate Gives Back to Younger Students

Mantua: Through City Year, New College Graduate Gives Back to Younger Students

On the 600 block of North 35th Street lives a young college graduate trying to make a difference in the City of Brotherly Love. Twenty-three-year-old Ivan Vivar is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware. Instead of pursuing his own career aspirations, though, he’s taking a year to ensure the success of future generations […]

 

Mantua: 5 Construction Sites to Keep An Eye On

Mantua: 5 Construction Sites to Keep An Eye On

The West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua has been getting nationwide attention for being a part of President Barack Obama’s Promise Zone project. This plan was set up in order to build safe public spaces and to strengthen federal assistance in housing, education and public safety. Today, a year after Mantua was designated as a Promise Zone, […]

 

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

Bernadine Hawes is a Washington D.C. native who moved to West Philadelphia in 1972 to get her master’s degree in Medical Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has since been a very active member of the community. Hawes is the chair of the board at the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and also serves on […]

 

Mantua: Five Churches to Know

Mantua: Five Churches to Know

Here is a list of five out of several well-established churches in the Mantua community. The motto of First United Baptist Church (above) is “Keep this Church Alive.” The pastor-teacher is longtime Bishop Samuel Adkins, who has held the position for over 20 years.   The St. Jude Baptist Church sits at 38th and Wallace streets. The pastor […]

 

Mantua: Longtime Donut Shop Owners Have Seen Good Changes in Community

Mantua: Longtime Donut Shop Owners Have Seen Good Changes in Community

Loyal customers know that Fresh Donuts owner Donald Eap and his sister Van have owned the doughnut and breakfast shop at 39th and Lancaster Avenue in Mantua for years. The neighborhood has changed significantly since they opened the doors back in 1991. What changes have the Eaps seen in Mantua? “Now it’s more like upbeat,” […]

 

Mantua: One Year Later, Community Wonders if Promise Will Be Kept

Mantua: One Year Later, Community Wonders if Promise Will Be Kept

The White House designated part of West Philadelphia as one of five Promise Zones one year ago this January. The designation will last for another nine years, but while most organizations involved look positively on the first year, some Mantua residents are less impressed. With help from the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, the Philadelphia police force and […]

 

Mantua: Shop Owner Gives A Part of Herself to the Community

Mantua: Shop Owner Gives A Part of Herself to the Community

Phyllis Jones-Carter provides the magic behind the thriving consignment shop located on the 3800 block of Lancaster Avenue. Jones-Carter actively supports the neighborhood and works to strengthen the community in hopes of helping it thrive the way A Part of Me has. “Having a business that hasn’t closed, a thriving business – being open, being […]