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Lancaster Avenue: Community Discusses Future Of Community Landmark

Lancaster Avenue: Community Discusses Future Of Community Landmark

Everyone’s seen it. Just a block into the Lancaster Avenue Commercial Corridor stands a sizable, brick red facade. Inside lay remnants of a rich past that most would never know. This structure, Hawthorne Hall, has been standing since the 1800s and has been vacant since 2010. Last month, local residents and interested parties from around the […]

 By Samuel Scimeca and Micaella Wesley

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

[vimeo 80776295] It’s no secret that the School District of Philadelphia has fallen on hard times. The district has to work with the budget it has set and because of this budget there have been many staff layoffs. Among those laid off include principals, assistant principals, secretaries and teachers. One position that was hit hard were […]

 By Samuel Scimeca and Micaella J. Wesley

Powelton Village: Local Organization Helps Men in Search of Recovery

Powelton Village: Local Organization Helps Men in Search of Recovery

At first glance, the 3300 block of Powelton Avenue looks to be just another block filled with student housing for nearby Drexel University students. Every house looks almost identical. The first house on the block is different, however.  It does not house students. It houses Re-Enter Incorporated. Re-Enter Incorporated is a free-standing, non-hospital, licensed drug […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley and Samuel Scimeca

Powelton Village: New Sculpture Beautifies 40th Street

Powelton Village: New Sculpture Beautifies 40th Street

The People’s Emergency Center‘s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and advance change in West Philadelphia. “One of the suggestions, which came out of our recent neighborhood planning process, was the desire to turn up the volume on the local arts scene,” said Kevin Musselman, manager of  Neighborhood and Resource Planning at PEC. “We believe that installing public […]

 By Samuel A. Scimeca

West Philadelphia: A Hidden Gem of Activism

West Philadelphia: A Hidden Gem of Activism

[vimeo 75108245] On Lancaster Avenue, stands a gated storefront with the acronym “LAVA” on a sign next to the door.  Many people pass by the storefront daily but few venture inside or even know that it is there. Those people do not know what they are missing. Just a quick walk through the door reveals a […]

 

Powelton Village: City Harvest, Summer Winter Garden Give Back

Powelton Village: City Harvest, Summer Winter Garden Give Back

[vimeo 69130357] The City Harvest Program, founded by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, provides fresh produce to residents in need. The program, which is in its seventh year, was started by local gardeners who wanted to share the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor. Over the past seven years, PHS estimates that they have grown […]

 By Jaime R. Joseph and Isabel B. Garcia

Al Dia: Homeless To Hopeful

Al Dia: Homeless To Hopeful

  The homeless population in Philadelphia is not just made up of people that have encountered hardships from not having a job, but many of them are veterans of the armed forces whom haven’t been able to adjust back into society after returning from the battlefields. Those impacted the hardest tend to be veterans that […]

 By: Laisa Turano and Jesse Papineau

Powelton Village: City Planning Commission Adopts University Southwest Plan

Powelton Village: City Planning Commission Adopts University Southwest Plan

A number of West Philadelphia neighborhoods will soon go through major overhaul following the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s adoption of the University Southwest District Plan. The plan, adopted on Tuesday, June 11, is a part of Philadelphia2035, a broad 25-year vision to improve the city by reappropriating land use. The University Southwest District Plan calls […]

 By Jesse Papineau and Laisa Turano

Powelton Village: Hawthorne Hall Ready To Be Revealed

Powelton Village: Hawthorne Hall Ready To Be Revealed

There are run-down, seemingly dilapidated buildings on many Philadelphia street yet that does not mean that what’s inside should be ignored. With this in mind, the 2013 Hidden City Festival is attempting to shine a light on some of the lesser known spaces and places scattered around the city. One of these spaces is Hawthorne […]

 By Laisa Turano and Jesse Papineau

Powelton Village: Red Cross House Key to Resident Recovery

Powelton Village: Red Cross House Key to Resident Recovery

The Red Cross House, located at 40th Street and Powelton Avenue in West Philadelphia, is one of the most unique branches of the well known humanitarian organization. The mission of the House is to help people recover from any fire, disaster or other catastrophe they may have endured by providing a place to stay. For […]