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 By Jade McKenzie

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases Bold Plan for City’s Future

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases Bold Plan for City’s Future

[vimeo 36032279] The city has a new vision of renovation that will try to improve challenged neighborhoods, boost tourism revenue and increase city growth in the next 25 years. In a public meeting, the City Planning Commission released its first two district drafts for West Park and Lower South. The drafts include zoning code changes, future […]

 By Joel Mason-Gaines and Megan D. Matuzak

University City: Local Artists Teach Classes for Residents

University City: Local Artists Teach Classes for Residents

University City Arts League is the unofficial community center of West University City. The league is a nonprofit organization that has art classes for children and adults. Its after-school arts programs have been the most popular, with roughly 80 percent of its students coming from Penn Alexander School, which is located right across the street. […]

 By Erica DePascale and Matthew Albasi

Technically Philly: First Lego League Starts Robotics Championships

Technically Philly: First Lego League Starts Robotics Championships

Hotdog hats, bright white lab coats and Rosie the Riveter costumes set the atmosphere this weekend for the Penn First Lego League Championship Tournament, held in the Irvine auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania. FLL, a robotics program designed for kids ages 9 to 14, aims to get young students excited and involved in science […]

 By Maria Bryant and Emad Khalil

University City: Farmers’ Market Thrives Despite Economy, Weather and Other Food Alternatives

University City: Farmers’ Market Thrives Despite Economy, Weather and Other Food Alternatives

In recent economic times, many would think the farmers’ market was struggling like many other small businesses. But John King has been at 39th Street and Lancaster Avenue for 12 years and shows no signs of stopping. In 2001, markets lined the street, but because of what he described as a “lack of patience” they […]

 By Kara Savidge

University City: Friends of 40th Street Gathers Community Stakeholders

University City: Friends of 40th Street Gathers Community Stakeholders

[vimeo 31837460] In the rapidly changing neighborhood surrounding 40th Street, a variety of stakeholders have emerged with answers to the question of future development. The corridor not only presents and continues to generate opportunity for a critical commercial and transportation thoroughfare, but also connects the surrounding neighborhoods. Said neighborhoods sit both old and new — […]

 By Kara Savidge and Christine Fisher

University City: Friends of 40th Street Unveil Goals for Corridor

University City: Friends of 40th Street Unveil Goals for Corridor

Friends of 40th Street, a coalition of organizations dedicated to revitalizing the 40th Street corridor, held its fourth and final public forum to share its findings from the project so far. Comprised of PennPraxis, University City District and Sustainable Communities Initiative-West, among a slew of other community stakeholders, the Friends are working to revitalize the corridor and […]

 By Dan Newman and Phil Neuffer

Technically Philly: Robotics Reaches Philadelphia Students of All Levels

Technically Philly: Robotics Reaches Philadelphia Students of All Levels

Almost everyone likes robots, Without raising the alarm of an artificial-intelligence-fueled takeover of the planet or Philadelphia, robots are everywhere. The Transformers franchise, which has grossed over $1.5 billion to date, released its third installment this summer. Philadelphia is quietly becoming a hub for the continually exploding robotics industry, especially in the robotics research and […]

 

Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide

Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide

According to a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, 40 percent of Americans do not have broadband access. In Philadelphia, that number is slightly higher–48 percent, according to the Philadelphia Division of Technology. The grant money awarded to Pennsylvania through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program–a part of President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act– […]

 By Tracy Galloway

Center City: Urban Affairs Coalition Receives Grant to Increase Broadband Access

Center City: Urban Affairs Coalition Receives Grant to Increase Broadband Access

In mid-September, the Freedom Rings Sustainable Broadband Adoption Partnership, a coalition of non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, private businesses and government organizations, was awarded an $11.8 million grant to increase Internet access in Philadelphia. The grant was awarded to the SBA Partnership by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration through its Broadband Technology Opportunity […]

 By Tara Moore and Jessica Arnold

University City: Youth Chess Helps in the Strategy of Life

University City: Youth Chess Helps in the Strategy of Life

There’s something interesting in the way we all think, the way we strategize and comprehend what’s going on around us. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we honed these strategic thinking skills much earlier in life? That’s exactly what Philadelphia’s After School Activities Partnership thought. The group believed that by introducing Philadelphia’s youth to the game […]

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