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Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Someone walking down American Street through Northern Liberties would see many sleek, modern homes mixed with niche places to shop and eat. They might hear echoes of thumping and clanking from new construction and definitely a few barking dogs. The neighborhood wasn’t always a hub of expansion. Similar to small towns along the Rust Belt, […]

 

Port Richmond: Neighborhood Native Creates A Community of Fitness

Port Richmond: Neighborhood Native Creates A Community of Fitness

The sound of barbells and plates hitting the ground fills a former auto parts warehouse on Salmon Street in Port Richmond. Inside, Bill Shiffler, his fellow coaches and the members of CrossFit Renaissance gym begin their early morning class. Shiffler, who arrived in the facility just minutes before, caught up with some of the members as […]

 

Port Richmond: New Waves of Culture in the River Wards

Port Richmond: New Waves of Culture in the River Wards

As William Thomas, better known to the public as Classic Reinvention, explored his options for a gallery space to display his colleagues artwork, his goal was to find a space that would lend itself to an “in the know” kind of vibe, while also being easily accessible. “It lets me control the flow of my […]

 

Fishtown: Recording Studio Quietly Making Its Name In Variety Of Genres

Fishtown: Recording Studio Quietly Making Its Name In Variety Of Genres

Spice House Sound opened its doors in Fishtown two years ago, and has been quietly building itself since then. A studio partially owned by Alex Santilli with the intention of providing high quality services, Spice House has worked with a large variety of artists. “Even in rock there’s a huge variety of different-sounding rock records, […]

 

Fishtown: ‘Men Can’ Campaign Issues Invitation to Join Effort to End Domestic Violence

Fishtown: ‘Men Can’ Campaign Issues Invitation to Join Effort to End Domestic Violence

Based in Fishtown’s non-profit organization Lutheran Settlement House, the Men Can (Prevent Family Violence) Campaign is an initiative to address domestic violence throughout Philadelphia. By providing education, garnering attention and taking new approaches, Men Can is trying to change culture by getting to the roots and core of the abuse. Traditionally, domestic violence prevention has been a […]

 

Port Richmond: Taylor, Hohenstein Battle for 177th District

Port Richmond: Taylor, Hohenstein Battle for 177th District

Philadelphia and the Democratic Party have been closely aligned for several decades. The last Republican to be mayor of Philadelphia was Bernard Samuel, whose tenure at City Hall was completed in 1952. Since then, the citizens of Philadelphia have largely been represented by Democrats in city government, Harrisburg and Washington D.C. There has been one […]

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Fishtown: Aeralist Defies Gravity At Fishtown’s Boom Room

Fishtown: Aeralist Defies Gravity At Fishtown’s Boom Room

When Wei-Wei Weintraub was deciding on how to best channel her artistic energy, she didn’t follow her parents’ wishes and join the circus. “You never want to do what your parents want you to do,” Weintraub said. But that didn’t mean she didn’t love the circus arts. Now, the 25-year-old painter / professional hula-hooper /fire dancer / aerialist has found a way to […]

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Fishtown: All-Female Collective Dances With Eye Toward Election

Fishtown: All-Female Collective Dances With Eye Toward Election

On Election Day, femme. collective will cast a vote for president that is sprinkled with lady power. Femme. collective is a Fishtown-based, all-female group of dancers and artists who support feminism. The core group, of less than a dozen women, holds frequent meetings to talk about their productions in collective founder Loren McFalls’ home. This has […]

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Fishtown: Jesse Gardner Opens Doors to Help Save St. Laurentius Church

Fishtown: Jesse Gardner Opens Doors to Help Save St. Laurentius Church

Jesse Gardner is the key holder to the art gallery, Unsung Heroes . Here, at 2024 E. Arizona St., double life-sized painted portraits of firefighters hang on the walls. But on the first Friday of each month, Gardner’s gallery takes on a very different role as he welcomes Fishtown residents into his creative space. Even though he […]

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Fishtown: Five Places To Find Fitness On Frankford Avenue

Fishtown: Five Places To Find Fitness On Frankford Avenue

Fishtown has been recognized as one of the hottest neighborhoods to live in the city. This riverward has a booming and hip arts, drinking and food culture. After eating a warm Bavarian pretzel at Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall, many residents might be looking for a way to burn off a few calories. Because, in the area […]

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