West Philadelphia

 

Squirrel Hill: Paradise In Progress Contributes To The Urban Farming Movement

Squirrel Hill: Paradise In Progress Contributes To The Urban Farming Movement

Peggy Nowak has a house in West Philadelphia that sits next to the lot her old home used to be situated on. Since being torn down, Nowak reclaimed that land to create her idea of a lavish garden filled with everything from milkweed to fig trees. The garden is called Paradise in Progress and is one of […]

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Belmont: Bringing Authentic Jamaican Food to the Heart of West Philly

Belmont: Bringing Authentic Jamaican Food to the Heart of West Philly

From a rural area in Manchester Parish, Jamaica to the bustling hustle of Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia, the Williams family is well known for making authentic and savory Jamaican cuisine. “We were the family back in Jamaica that would host all of the big block parties and cookouts for all of the neighbors,” said […]

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Parks and Recreation: Five Spots in Philly’s Urban Outdoors for Canoodling

Parks and Recreation: Five Spots in Philly’s Urban Outdoors for Canoodling

Philadelphia is a city with around 10,000 acres of parks and plazas open to the public where the environments are conducive to romance and well, making out. Water Works There are lush gardens surrounding fountains in this historic landmark and gathering place on Kelly Drive adjacent to the Art Museum. Along with being a park adorned with benches, it is also a popular place for […]

 

Powelton Village: Cooking and Learning at Drexel University’s Dornsife Center

Powelton Village: Cooking and Learning at Drexel University’s Dornsife Center

On the first night of June, residents from Powelton Village and Mantua attended a cooking class at Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, at Dornsife’s Community Wellness Hub. The cooking instruction was led by Alyssa Kalter, an educator for EAT.RIGHT.NOW., the official nutrition education program of the School District of Philadelphia. The program is funded by the […]

 

West Philadelphia: Five Eclectic Coffee Shops To Fit Your Mood

West Philadelphia: Five Eclectic Coffee Shops To Fit Your Mood

West Philadelphia is blossoming as a haven for flocks of young professionals and new families who enjoy the duality of pseudo-neighborhood living paired with easy access to Center City. A few blocks west of University City and a few blocks south of Market Street, a hip and eclectic community is materializing and bringing with it […]

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Mantua: Neighborhood Bike Works Provides Mobility and Independence

Mantua: Neighborhood Bike Works Provides Mobility and Independence

Neighborhood Bike Works’ Summer Camp has grown significantly since its humble beginnings in 1996, now providing both kids and adults practical mechanical skills, development opportunities and the empowerment and ownership of a bicycle. The nonprofit bike education program, located at 3939 Lancaster Ave., is in a unique location in that it sits at the intersection of several distinct neighborhoods […]

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Powelton Village: Five Churches Supporting the Community

Powelton Village: Five Churches Supporting the Community

The Powelton Village section of West Philadelphia is known for housing a unique blend of students, artists and activists but it is also home to a rich tapestry of religious organizations. One three-block stretch of Baring Street in the heart of the neighborhood, for example, is lined with four churches and a religious student center. […]

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Powelton Village: Arts Community Leader Passes The Torch After 20 Years Of Service

Powelton Village: Arts Community Leader Passes The Torch After 20 Years Of Service

After 20 years with the Community Education Center in West Philadelphia, Theresa Shockley is ready to hand over the reins as Executive Director. Prior to Shockley’s time at CEC, she was a student at the  Ohio State University Dance Department. After college, Shockley became a founding member of the Urban Bush Women dance company, touring around the country […]

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Clark Park: Eating Healthy and Affordable with Livengood Family Farm

Clark Park: Eating Healthy and Affordable with Livengood Family Farm

Eating healthy, wholesome and local is no longer a privilege but a possibility for everyone in West Philadelphia, thanks to Livengood Family Farms. Entering its 15th year of selling Lancaster, Pennsylvania-grown produce and vegetables, Livengood Family Farms has become one of Clark Park Farmers Market’s biggest vendors. Dwain Livengood and his family are at the center […]

 

Powelton Village: EAT Café Hosts First Witness To Hunger Event

Powelton Village: EAT Café Hosts First Witness To Hunger Event

In response to the country’s new federal administration, the leaders behind West Philadelphia’s Witness to Hunger introduced their first gallery exhibition and open community forum to highlight poverty in the community. First established in 2008, Witness to Hunger fights against hunger and poverty through both photography and discussion. Panelists at the first gallery exhibition included Angela-Nike Sutton, […]