Powelton Village

 By Joseph Schaefer and Dionicia Roberson

Mantua: Dornsife Center Educates and Bridges Communities

Mantua: Dornsife Center Educates and Bridges Communities

As of January 2014, The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships will open its doors to the community as the first “urban extension program” supported by a private university. A vital element of Drexel’s civic engagement endeavors, the urban extension program provides residents the best resources a university like Drexel has to offer, right in their […]

 By: Jesse Papineau and Laisa Turano

Powelton Village: ‘Mobile Market’ Provides Fresh & Organic Produce

Powelton Village: ‘Mobile Market’ Provides Fresh & Organic Produce

The West Philadelphia Fresh Food Hub, a non-profit mobile market offering local and organic produce to Powelton Village residents, provides a needed alternative to the deep fried fast foods all too common around the city. Located at the corner of 37th Street and Lancaster Avenue, the Food Hub sells a wide range of items such […]

 By Timothy Keller and Andrew Kearney

Powelton Village: Community Education Center Faces Fiscal Troubles

Powelton Village: Community Education Center Faces Fiscal Troubles

More than $1.5 million was given out to local arts groups earlier this year. The Philadelphia Cultural Fund distributes grants yearly to help keep community organizations providing services to residents. Awards range from a couple of hundred dollars to $10,000. These funds play a fundamental role in helping keep the doors open of the Community […]

 By Andrew J. Kearney and Timothy Keller

Powelton Village: AVI Assessments Leave Many Feeling Indifferent

Powelton Village: AVI Assessments Leave Many Feeling Indifferent

Philadelphia’s Office of Property Assessment has implanted a new property tax reform effort, the Actual Value Initiative. Under this reform, many are paying more in property taxes as the values of most homes have increased drastically, while some areas have seen their bills decrease. Particularly in Powelton Village, there is an interesting dynamic of homeowners […]

 By Andrew J. Kearney and Timothy Keller

Powelton Village: The Rotunda Offers Music, Entertainment and Inspiration

Powelton Village: The Rotunda Offers Music, Entertainment and Inspiration

Even from the outside of 4014 Walnut St., you can hear the sound of beautiful music emitting from the Rotunda. With free admission and a small crowd of about 50 people, various forms of music were played throughout the night. The opening act titled, The Color is Luxury, featured Philadelphia-based composer Charles Cohen. Cohen is […]

 By Timothy Keller

Powelton Village: Community Factors Shape Personal Health

Powelton Village: Community Factors Shape Personal Health

  Lakida Kennedy, a member of the motorcycle club, Ghostface Ryderz, and new owner of Iyisha’s T.L.C. Child Care Center, demonstrated to a group of wide-eyed children about the importance of washing their hands. She put a dollop of gel into the children’s hands and they rubbed quickly and waited in line to examine germs, […]

 By Timothy Keller and Andrew Kearney

Powelton Village: Civic Association Divided About Drexel Expansion Plans

Powelton Village: Civic Association Divided About Drexel Expansion Plans

Members of the Powelton Village Civic Association held a tense meeting with Drexel University officials to discuss in further detail about the impending expansion of the campus into the community. “As we drive the university forward, it’s important for us, and that’s what this project does, is to get kids out of the surrounding neighborhoods,” […]

 By Andrew Kearney and Timothy Keller

Powelton Village: Drexel University Unveils Plan to Change Campus Layout

Powelton Village: Drexel University Unveils Plan to Change Campus Layout

Drexel University is building Chestnut Square for the fall semester and breaking ground on another unnamed project expected to open in fall 2015. Drexel has teamed with American Campus Communities to complete this task and officials said they hope to immediately impact student housing with these projects. The chief purpose of these projects is to provide students with retail and residential opportunities […]

 By Timothy Keller and Andrew Kearney

Powelton Village: African Dance Class Attempts To Rally Support

Powelton Village: African Dance Class Attempts To Rally Support

On a sleepy Saturday afternoon, African dance music rumbled throughout the 3500 block of Lancaster Avenue. The Community Education Center, which has been an integral part of the Powelton community for decades, hosted its usual Saturday African dance class. “This has really become a performing arts incubator,” Scott Maits, the longtime building manager and historical enthusiast, […]

 By Kendra Allen and Marissa Oswald

Powelton Village: University Expansion Destroyed a Community

Powelton Village: University Expansion Destroyed a Community

It began with a seemingly innocuous trip to the mailbox on 36th and Hamilton Street on an April night in 1958. In-Ho Oh, a 26-year-old Korean exchange student studying political science at the University of Pennsylvania, walked out of the home he shared with his aunt and uncle intending to mail a letter, not knowing […]