Powelton Village

 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 […]

 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, […]