Southwest Philadelphia

 

Newbold: Five Neighbors Cleaning and Greening the Community

Newbold: Five Neighbors Cleaning and Greening the Community

Cleaning: It’s the one spring trend that never goes out of fashion. For its part, the city makes a valiant effort in cleaning and greening, offering free trees through Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s TreePhilly program, as well as providing a system of street-cleaning block captains managed by the Philadelphia Streets Department’s Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee. But […]

 

Newbold: Change Signals Complacency at 1700 Wharton Street

Newbold: Change Signals Complacency at 1700 Wharton Street

Seventy-year-old Tom Stack hobbles over to his ivy-green recliner and leans back, lighting a cigarette and hoisting his metal cane between his legs. He then stares over the room, points — sans hauteur or pomp — to his assortment of hard-to-come-by antiques and custom-crafted decorations and trails off into a synopsis of life on the […]

 

Southwest Philly: 5 People Making a Difference

Southwest Philly: 5 People Making a Difference

Though residents of Southwest Philadelphia deal with tough issues like urban blight, gun violence and food deserts, individuals and organizations are working to improve the neighborhoods. Dozens of community churches and daycare centers line the streets, and four recreation centers are spread throughout the area. These people – a pastor, a gardener, two recreation center […]

 

Newbold: Newbold Neighbors Elect New President

Newbold: Newbold Neighbors Elect New President

Newbold Neighbors Association announced the results of its February annual election, resulting in a handful of fillings for previously unoccupied positions and the naming of its next president, Anthony Coratolo. Coratolo, a 31-year-old engineer who graduated from Drexel University in 2006, previously held a co-chair position on the organization’s Clean and Green Committee, which coordinates organic […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: UC Green Plants Trees and Hope

Southwest Philadelphia either contains or is directly surrounded by almost 1,200 acres of preserved natural land. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, west of the Eastwick neighborhood, takes up 1,000 acres. Mt. Moriah Cemetery, about four miles north of the Heinz Refuge, spans 100 acres (the other 100 acres of the cemetery are […]

 By Kelsey Kondraski and Shayna Kleinberg

Health Beat: Philly Girls in Motion Gets Young Ladies Up and Moving

After a long career in sports – coaching, running fitness programs for two schools in the suburbs and teaming up with others to run a large basketball clinic in South Philadelphia – Beth Devine realized that it wasn’t the suburbs that were in need of fitness programs for young girls, but the city of Philadelphia. […]

 

Newbold: reNewbold a ‘Game-Changer’ for Neighborhood

Newbold: reNewbold a ‘Game-Changer’ for Neighborhood

Despite a barrage of snowstorms and nearby gas leaks this winter, LPMG Companies’ reNewbold project at 16th and Moore streets still has Fall 2014 in the crosshairs as a completion date, with the nine-home-construction Phase 1 beginning to wrap up this spring. “It’s been very rough with this weather, and it’s funny because everyone in […]

 

Health Beat: Dogs Helping People Get Fit

Health Beat: Dogs Helping People Get Fit

[vimeo 87640861] Owning a dog – known as man’s best friend – has been proven to promote a healthier lifestyle. Philadelphia has 15 dog parks for owners and their pups to go for a stroll and get fresh air. Since adopting his dog Gem over a year ago, Michael Green, 26, said Gem has helped him […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: African Cultural Alliance Seeks to Help

Southwest Philadelphia: African Cultural Alliance Seeks to Help

The African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA) has stood as a focal point in the Southwest Philadelphia community for the past 15 years. Founded in 1999, the nonprofit organization started out with the goal of being an institution based around arts and music, but over time ACANA has grown into something more. From providing […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: Elmwood Roller Rink Alive and … Skating

Southwest Philadelphia: Elmwood Roller Rink Alive and … Skating

Ernest “Puff” Edwards wore a train conductor’s hat and a sweatshirt to work on a recent Saturday. After all, he had nothing to prove to the patrons of the Elmwood Roller Skating Rink, where he first started working almost 50 years ago. The rink, located a few blocks from 71st Street and Elmwood Avenue, originally opened on Oct. 11, […]