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Point Breeze: Urban Farmer Shares His Craft With Community

Point Breeze: Urban Farmer Shares His Craft With Community

Twenty-seven-year-old Atiba Ellerby is a part-time barista and full-time urban farmer. When he’s not making coffee at The Pharmacy, a coffee shop in Point Breeze, he is tending to gardens throughout the city. Farming is a craft he learned 14 years ago through the Urban Nutrition Initiative. How do you feel you impact your community? […]

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Point Breeze: Five Ways to Enjoy Point Breeze

Point Breeze: Five Ways to Enjoy Point Breeze

Coffee shops and barber shops that double as art venues, an outdoor eatery with a sardine can hanging from the side of the restaurant, murals scattered along the sides of buildings and city views worth stopping for. You can find all of this within the South Philadelphia neighborhood. Take a look … The Pharmacy Owner Gary […]

 

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Ten years ago, Michelle Angela Ortiz hoped to be where she is today – a successful visual artist, skilled muralist and community arts educator. For more than 18 years, Ortiz has been using art as a tool for communication between communities. Through painting, printmaking and community arts practices, Ortiz is able to share the narratives […]

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South Philadelphia: Ted Savage Wants People To Know The Dickinson Square West Civic Association Exists Again

South Philadelphia: Ted Savage Wants People To Know The Dickinson Square West Civic Association Exists Again

Although Dickinson Square West is a small neighborhood, the president of the Dickinson Square West Civic Association believes it is vital to have an organization that can represent and promote the ideas of the people in the community. The association’s president, Ted Savage, knows getting word out that the organization is once again alive has to come […]

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South Philadelphia: Women Have Options To Protecting Themselves Against Violence

South Philadelphia: Women Have Options To Protecting Themselves Against Violence

The world can be a dangerous place. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, domestic violence cases made up nearly 21 percent of violent victimization nationwide from 2003 to 2012. Acknowledging that danger can strike anywhere at any moment, organizations have shifted their focus toward how to combat or avoid a bad situation before it actually happens. […]

 

South Philadelphia: Refugee Resettlement Contributes To Diverse History

South Philadelphia: Refugee Resettlement Contributes To Diverse History

The Philadelphia non-profit Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) was bustling with activity in the afternoon hours of Nov. 7. Men and women with origins spanning from Vietnam and Laos, to Indonesia and Burma, cold-called potential voters with advice on where to find their polling location, tactics on how to identify voter intimidation and […]

 

Queen Village: PACK Students Put A Twist On Classic Theater Productions

Queen Village: PACK Students Put A Twist On Classic Theater Productions

The Performance Arts Center for Kids inspires students one lesson at a time with a unique combination of dance and theater classes. PACK owner and director Jessica Noel teaches students more than just choreography. She creates a safe and encouraging atmosphere, reminding students that this is their “artistic home base.” While the company mostly caters to children, the space welcomes […]

 

South Philadelphia: Congregation Provides Unknown History to the Community

South Philadelphia: Congregation Provides Unknown History to the Community

Walking down South Fourth Street, it can be easy to mistake The Little Shul for just another row home. Once inside, the history of the building quickly takes shape. Located at the corner of Fourth and McKean streets, The Little Shul, officially titled Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel, is the last remaining traditional synagogue in […]

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Queen Village: Creating More Green Space at Top of Several To-Do Lists

Queen Village: Creating More Green Space at Top of Several To-Do Lists

When a person transitions from a rural to an urban environment, one of the first noticeable differences they may realize is the consistent lack greenery. The color green has been shown to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, while also promoting an overall positive message. Recent studies have indicated that green spaces can help too. […]

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Queen Village: Fabric Row Is Experiencing Its Own Renaissance

Queen Village: Fabric Row Is Experiencing Its Own Renaissance

The fabled blocks of Fabric Row have long been known for just that — fabric — as well as Philadelphia’s main hub for fashion designers and artists looking to add that special something to a piece or outfit. Beginning in the early 20th century as a commercial epicenter for Philadelphia’s Jewish community, Fabric Row has remained a […]

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