Walnut Hill

 By Kenneth A. Deffley and Amanda Kerstetter

Walnut Hill: Farm Stand Enriches the Community With Healthy Food Choices

Walnut Hill: Farm Stand Enriches the Community With Healthy Food Choices

When enriching a community, one co-op of urban farmers follows the mantra, “You are what you eat.” The Walnut Hill Farm Stand makes healthy eating accessible to all incomes thanks to its location on a neighborhood-run lot. Allison Blansfield, 25, has served as farm manager since the stand was established. “The stand is community-based,” she […]

 By Amanda Kerstetter and Andrew Deffley

Walnut Hill: West Philadelphia Library Develops the Community One Family at a Time

Walnut Hill: West Philadelphia Library Develops the Community One Family at a Time

The Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library is home away from home for many Walnut Hill families. The library is situated in the heart of West Philadelphia on 125 S. 52nd St. Operating on a mission to advance literacy within the community, the library works to guide learning for all age groups. Nani Manion […]

 By Matt Breen and Danielle Brown

Walnut Hill: Caregarden Stands Out In Child Care

Walnut Hill: Caregarden Stands Out In Child Care

The two dozen letters squeezed on the paperboard sign delivered a message louder than the 10 syllables intended. The grand opening of a new childcare center on 46th Street near Market Street in Walnut Hill was marked with a set of bubble letters, filled in with washable marker. The sign promoted that the center was […]

 By Samantha Gray

Walnut Hill: Free Library Techmobile Visits Malcolm X Park

Walnut Hill: Free Library Techmobile Visits Malcolm X Park

[vimeo 41289154] The Walnut Hill zip code of 19139 is listed under the Federal Broadband Opportunities Program grant as one of the areas in Philadelphia most in need of digital literacy training. The needs present in this zip code, along with those of 24 other zip codes throughout the city, are the impetus behind the […]

 By Colin Gerrity

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

[vimeo 40847021] Broken tree branches, cracked sidewalks, cluttered paths. These issues should be routine maintenance. But with the uncertainty of proper funding to the Parks and Recreation Department, these problems could continue to increase and spiral out of control. On April 17, members of the Friends of Clark Park joined with 250 enraged citizens inside […]

 By Matt Breen and Danielle Brown

Spruce Hill: Plant Sale Aims to Help Childern Grow

Spruce Hill: Plant Sale Aims to Help Childern Grow

With what she deemed her outside voice, Rachel Crossot stopped each passerby at Clark Park and delivered a five-second sales pitch for the Parent Infant Center’s plant sale. “All the flowers in my yard,” replied one man. “Of course, we know about it,” a woman said. Crossot, the center’s director of development and  communications, didn’t […]

 By Danielle Brown

Walnut Hill: An International Credit Program Visits West Philadelphia

Walnut Hill: An International Credit Program Visits West Philadelphia

[vimeo 39950006] Entrepreneur Works is a non-profit organization focused on helping individuals in underserved neighborhoods gain financial stability and to become self-sufficient. Recently, representatives from Entrepreneur Works came to the Free Library of Philadelphia on 52nd and Sansom streets to introduce area residents to a concept that is starting to make its way into the […]

 By Matt Breen

Walnut Hill: Police Headquarters May Give New Life to Vacant Building

Walnut Hill: Police Headquarters May Give New Life to Vacant Building

[vimeo 39813764] As the elevated subway car rolls into the nearby station, the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building sits perfectly silent, serving as a nod to Walnut Hill’s storied past. The sprawling 15-acre site has been mostly dormant since the Philadelphia-based insurance company left it behind nearly three decades ago. Overgrown trees cover the […]

 By Samantha Gray

Walnut Hill: Neighborhood Thrift Store Offers People a Second Chance

Walnut Hill: Neighborhood Thrift Store Offers People a Second Chance

[vimeo 39980880] The Second Mile Center, a thrift store selling discount goods ranging from clothing to furniture, has been a Walnut Hill fixture for approximately 30 years. The store, unrelated to the controversial Jerry Sandusky charity, hires ex-convicts, former drug addicts, the homeless and other local residents who may have difficulty finding employment otherwise. “They […]

 By Colin Gerrity

Walnut Hill: Local Firefighter Also Rescues Animals

Walnut Hill: Local Firefighter Also Rescues Animals

Responding to an emergency often takes courage and conviction. For Red Paw Emergency Relief Team founder Jen Leary, it’s a natural reaction to help people and animals who are in need. Leary, a full-time Philadelphia firefighter who specializes in fire prevention, has been helping animals and non-profits since a young age. As a firefighter Leary […]