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Powelton Village: Seth Goren and a Legacy of Jewish Community Service

Powelton Village: Seth Goren and a Legacy of Jewish Community Service

Rabbi Seth Goren is determined to help fix the world. The Mt. Airy native and son of a union organizer is no stranger to the fight for social justice. We sat down with him at Repair the World’s Philadelphia headquarters, near 40th and Market streets, where he explained some of his organization’s goals. Can you […]

 

Mantua: Five Community Organizations Revitalizing the Neighborhood

Mantua: Five Community Organizations Revitalizing the Neighborhood

Philadelphia’s Mantua neighborhood has been a recent target of revitalization, even getting federal attention. Here are five local organizations that have already been putting in the work to make a change in Mantua. Mighty Writers Recently highlighted for winning the 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for the outstanding audio documentary “Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul […]

 

Powelton Village: Five Architectural Highlights

Powelton Village: Five Architectural Highlights

In the 1850s, architects began developing Powelton Village with Victorian style homes. During this time, the most popular versions of Victorian architecture were Italinate style homes. This trend became the most popular type of Philadelphia’s residential architecture in the mid 19th-century. The neighborhood is unique to the city because of its ornate, romantic houses that are known for their flat roofs, porches and symmetrical […]

 

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

Bernadine Hawes is a Washington D.C. native who moved to West Philadelphia in 1972 to get her master’s degree in Medical Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has since been a very active member of the community. Hawes is the chair of the board at the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and also serves on […]

 

Lancaster Avenue: The Community Education Center Holds Fifth Monthly Jazz show

Lancaster Avenue: The Community Education Center Holds Fifth Monthly Jazz show

The Community Education Center, in partnership with the Producer’s Guild, held their fifth jazz show in celebration of Second Friday on Lancaster Avenue last month. The show, which kicked off at 7 p.m. and wrapped up around 10 p.m., featured Kimpedro’s NU Gruv Network with a special appearance by Drexel graduate and jazz pianist, Kendrah Butler. For […]

 

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 […]