West Philadelphia

 

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, […]

 

Spruce Hill: Renovations Underway For Homeless Veteran Shelter

Spruce Hill: Renovations Underway For Homeless Veteran Shelter

Many organizations in Philadelphia serve a very specific niche. With more than 22 years of service, the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House hopes to give homeless veterans a chance to start over and become productive members of society. The PVCH offered program 365 days per year. All programs are designed specifically for veterans, including addiction and […]

 

West Philadelphia: IAC And Philly Thrive Are Trying To Rewrite History

West Philadelphia: IAC And Philly Thrive Are Trying To Rewrite History

After the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter George Zimmerman, the Black Lives Matter movement exploded onto every television screen, Twitter feed, and the minds of activists who wish to better the lives of African-Americans. Organizations like the International Action Center (IAC) in Philadelphia and Philly Thrive focus on ensuring that black […]

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Mill Creek: Farm Provides for Community in More Ways Than You May Know

Mill Creek: Farm Provides for Community in More Ways Than You May Know

Alkebu-Lan Marcus, a 23-year-old assistant farm manager at Mill Creek Farm, got his start by growing food in his own backyard. He is interested in being able to control his own resources and becoming more sustainable. Living within the Mill Creek community, he finds pleasure in giving back to his neighbors through working at the farm […]