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Parkside: A New Fence and Growing Gardens at the Pump Track.

Parkside: A New Fence and Growing Gardens at the Pump Track.

The Philly Pump Track on Parkside Avenue offers a different bicycle riding experience. It’s called pumping. The idea is to use your body and momentum to propel your way through the track without pedaling. But there is more than just a clay track to ride a bike on at the pump track. Over the past […]

 

Logan: Entrepreneur Hopes Orchard and Market Plan Will Bear Fruit in Triangle

Logan: Entrepreneur Hopes Orchard and Market Plan Will Bear Fruit in Triangle

Helen Hutchins attempted to sow wildflowers on the site at which her house sank into the earth. Hutchins’ residence was one of nearly 1,000 homes formerly located in the Logan neighborhood in an area known as the Logan Triangle. A muddle of weeds and trash now extends across the forsaken 35-acre tract of land clutched […]

 Julian Hamer

Parkside: Philly Pumptrack Changing Philadelphia’s Youth Cycling Culture One Ride At A Time

Parkside: Philly Pumptrack Changing Philadelphia’s Youth Cycling Culture One Ride At A Time

Ahmad Elam was like most other 13-year-old boys in his Parkside neighborhood a few months ago. “When I was at home with my friends and we were bored and didn’t have nothing to do,” said Elam. “So one day, we came here and started riding.” Here is the Philly Pumptrack. A pumptrack is a bike […]

 Text, Images, and Video by Julian Hamer

Haddington: Urban Tree Connection Promotes Growth for Community

Haddington: Urban Tree Connection Promotes Growth for Community

Skip Wiener knows it sometimes takes a little dirty work to make a difference, which is why he founded the West Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, Urban Tree Connection. The Urban Tree Connection’s purpose is to revitalize vacant lots and homes into green spaces, promoting community engagement in low-income areas within the Parkside and Haddington communities through […]

 By Gennie DePass

Parkside: The Other Carpenter Brightens Community with Dark Past

Parkside: The Other Carpenter Brightens Community with Dark Past

Hammers banging, electric saws buzzing and calls to watch out for a falling ladder are not typically welcome sounds early in the morning. However, to the residents who live on the 4500 block of West Stiles Street, the sounds are happily put up with. The block is going through a much-needed renovation thanks to the […]

 By Dionicia V. Roberson and Joseph B. Schaefer

Mantua: New Assistant Director Kicks Off Summer Camp Recruitment

Mantua: New Assistant Director Kicks Off Summer Camp Recruitment

The West Philadelphia Community Center, at 3512 Haverford Avenue, hosted its first parent meeting of the summer season to introduce its newest Assistant Center Director and to recruit neighborhood children into its recently overhauled summer program. From early childhood education to senior recreation, the Center has provided indispensable educational and social resources to Mantua residents for over […]

 By Brian J. Sheehan

Parkside: Association Remains Active for 36 Years

Parkside: Association Remains Active for 36 Years

Whether it is a need for assistance in handling community issues or the need for help people get their lives back on track, the Parkside Association of Philadelphia is where area residents come for change. This community organization, located at 5218 Master St., has been in existence since 1977. With a team of volunteers dedicated […]

 By Alexandra B. Myslinski

East Parkside: Local Resident Strives to Preserve History

East Parkside: Local Resident Strives to Preserve History

Voices of Sean Solomon and Isabelle Dijols While many residents of Parkside are doing their civic duty to keep the community clean and safe, Sean Solomon proves to be an avid historian who is striving to preserve the history of the many houses that have been abandoned and boarded up. “I basically specialize in historic […]

 By Alexandra Olivier and Alexandra Myslinski

East Parkside: Viola Street Working to Improve the Community

East Parkside: Viola Street Working to Improve the Community

With East Parkside known widely for attractions like the Mann Center, the Please Touch Museum and Fairmount Park, the small side streets in this community are typically overlooked. The 4200 block of Viola Street proves to be a community of its own in East Parkside. Surrounded by the famed attractions, residents fight to improve the […]

 By Alexandra Olivier and Alexandra Myslinski

Parkside: West Park Cultural Center Strengthens Community Vitality through the Arts

Parkside: West Park Cultural Center Strengthens Community Vitality through the Arts

The West Park Cultural Center, since 2001, has become a community-based resource for residents to access local arts, education, and other engaging programs for their enjoyment. The West Park Cultural Center, located at 4021 Parkside Ave. inside the High School of the Future, has created an environment that encourages neighbors to connect through the arts. […]

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