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Graduate Hospital: Local Neighborhood Organizations Are Making Sure You’ll Love It Here

Graduate Hospital: Local Neighborhood Organizations Are Making Sure You’ll Love It Here

A community is only as good as its people allow it to be, and the folks living west of Broad on South Street have taken this notion to heart. Both the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) and the South Street West Business Association (SSWBA) are extremely active in the area around Graduate Hospital, with […]

 

South Philadelphia: State Budget Impasse Keeps Schools ‘Frustrated’

South Philadelphia: State Budget Impasse Keeps Schools ‘Frustrated’

Deep in the basement of a four-story gothic-style building on 13th and Federal streets is the echo of small children beating against drums and strumming steel guitar strings. It’s an unlikely sound to come down its halls considering the building houses Andrew Jackson School, a K-8 public school with a budget that doesn’t even allow for a […]

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South Philly: Police Athletic League Provides A Safe Haven For Youths

South Philly: Police Athletic League Provides A Safe Haven For Youths

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia was created in 1947 by a police sergeant who wanted to create a baseball team made up of neighborhood kids who wanted to play. Since then, PAL has worked to build strong relationships in the communities around the city. PAL has also worked to keep the image of the […]

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South Philly: Retro Video Game Lover Opens Shop For People Who Love Tech

South Philly: Retro Video Game Lover Opens Shop For People Who Love Tech

“I’ve made a lot of friends – the customers that come, most of the time they’re really good friends,” said Oscar Sosa Tapia, owner of King DVDs and Video Games. Kings DVDs and Video Games is a small store located at 1146 S. 9th St. in the Italian Market. Virtually every wall is covered with […]

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South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

At first glance, it looks like a weed. Chin Baung, a slender, leafy plant with a sour taste, isn’t native to South Philadelphia. But come spring, Chin Baung thrives in three small gardens near 8th and Emily streets. The plots where it grows belong to Growing Home Gardens, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower […]

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Graduate Hospital: Friends of Chester Arthur Builds Community Through School Improvements

Graduate Hospital: Friends of Chester Arthur Builds Community Through School Improvements

The Chester A. Arthur School, nestled on the 2000 block between Catherine and Christian streets in the quiet neighborhood of Graduate Hospital, is not what you would call a “typical” public school in Philadelphia. Behind the scenes, volunteers work to make this K-8 learning facility a place of growth and knowledge, and by doing so […]

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South Philadelphia: Commanding Officer Praises Sense of Community in the 3rd District

South Philadelphia: Commanding Officer Praises Sense of Community in the 3rd District

Frank Milillo grew up playing on the streets of South Philadelphia. Now, as the commanding officer of the 3rd Police District, he watches over them. Milillo’s district stretches south of Lombard Street and east of Broad Street. As the grandson of Italian immigrants and a lifelong resident, he’s well-acquainted with the area. He’s been in the […]

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South Philadelphia: What’s Brewing? Coffee — And Plenty Of It

South Philadelphia: What’s Brewing? Coffee — And Plenty Of It

In the neighborhoods east of Broad Street and south of Washington Avenue are a handful of coffee shops that are no more than 10 years old. They’re not Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, but they’re staffed with families and baristas who consider coffee brewing their livelihood. Despite their young stature, employees from each of the five […]

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South Philly: Five Places to Satisfy Any Meal of the Day

South Philly: Five Places to Satisfy Any Meal of the Day

South Philly hosts a number of good eateries that are worth trying out, and the further south you, go the more food gems you’ll find. Whether you’re trying to get some breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just a snack, there are more than a handful of good choices to sate your appetite no matter what time […]

 

Queen Village: How Residents Helped Create the First Conservation District

Queen Village: How Residents Helped Create the First Conservation District

It all started because there were too many garages in Queen Village. According to the co-chair of the Queen Village Neighbors Association zoning committee, Michael Hauptman, it was around 2006 or 2007 when the neighborhood started to change. Homes that were primarily three stories and of no historical value got purchased and then demolished. The new […]