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Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

In reaction to an increase in graffiti in the 1980s, the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network was created to eradicate the artwork from the city’s buildings, trains, bridges and anything else that graffiti artists – properly known as writers – could spray. Muralist Jane Golden was hired by PAGN to connect with writers and refocus their energies […]

 

Overbrook: Female Mechanic Fuels Change In the Automotive Industry

Overbrook: Female Mechanic Fuels Change In the Automotive Industry

Before becoming a mechanic, Patrice Banks described herself as an “auto-airhead.” Put simply, she knew nothing about auto mechanics. When her search for a female mechanic in the Philadelphia area went unanswered, she decided to fix her own problem. Banks is now the founder of Girls Auto Clinic, a business that caters to women to help them […]

 Julian Hamer

Overbrook: Three Questions About The Overbrook Area

Overbrook: Three Questions About The Overbrook Area

Overbrook is a community within West Philadelphia, known for Will Smith, its safe streets and active community members. However, there are a lot of confusing elements of Overbrook, even to its longtime residents. Where exactly is Overbrook? According to the Neighbors of Overbrook Association, Overbrook parameters consist of the land between Lancaster, Woodbine, Haverford, and […]

 Julian Hamer

Morris Park: A Green Urban Playground for Nature Lovers

Morris Park: A Green Urban Playground for Nature Lovers

Dan Gasiewski, long term resident of the Overbrook Farms and executive director of Friends of Morris Park, remembers the days when the meadowlands entrance to Morris Park, at the corners of 66th Street and Woodcrest Avenue, used to be full of litter left by local residents. In 2004, Gasiewski founded the Friends of Morris Park […]

 

Amateur Sports: Five Places To Stay In Shape No Matter Your Schedule

Amateur Sports: Five Places To Stay In Shape No Matter Your Schedule

While people tend to correlate a daily gym routine as tedious and lackluster, many Philadelphian’s choose to spruce up their regime with an extensive number of unconventional and innovative ways. So take a break from the treadmill and weight machines and experience unique ways to stay fit. Philly Pumptrack 53rd Street and Parkside Avenue Pumptracks […]

 

Overbrook: West Philadelphia’s Basketball Hot Spots

Overbrook: West Philadelphia’s Basketball Hot Spots

The city of Philadelphia has produced its fair share of basketball legends and stories for the history books. One West Philadelphia neighborhood has the privilege to boast being the hometown of one of the best big men to hit the paint. For decades, the Overbrook area has quietly been a hotbed for talent on the […]

 

Overbrook: Panthers Football Team Trains for Season and Life

Overbrook: Panthers Football Team Trains for Season and Life

As the school year is coming to an end and the weather outside is getting warmer and warmer, many restless high school students cannot wait until the school day is over. In West Philadelphia, this free time can be a dangerous time for many 14-year-old to 18-year-olds with nothing to do. Not for the young […]

 

Overbrook: Five Places To See In Will Smith’s Old Neighborhood.

Overbrook: Five Places To See In Will Smith’s Old Neighborhood.

With so much history behind this West Philadelphia neighborhood, it’s no wonder there are so many hidden treasures. Overbrook possesses interesting locations that are unknown to many people living in the Greater Philadelphia region. Overbrook Farms Often considered a sub-section of the Overbrook neighborhood, Overbrook Farms (above) is a suburban area in the city that […]

 

Overbrook: Environmental Arts Center Helps Educate the Neighborhood

Jerome Shabazz opened the Environmental & Arts Education Center in 2006. This was when he witnessed the positive effect hands-on experiences had on students of the Overbrook community. Interacting first with the school district, Shabazz noticed a significant increase in science grades after pinpointing the difference between looking at science from a classroom and actually […]

 By Stacey Dusenbury and Reyna Cameron

Overbrook: Four People Making a Difference

Overbrook: Four People Making a Difference

Overbrook is small geographically, but it’s booming with organizations and facilities that help promote progress and positive vibes throughout the neighborhood. Here are four people who want to make a difference in Overbrook. 1. Coach Bob Miller (above) is new to the Overbrook High School administration. However, he manages to keep good relationships with the students who pass […]