Southwest Philadelphia

 

Southwest Philadelphia: Urban Farms Work to Take Back the Land

Urban farms all over Philadelphia indicate that many people in the city seek control over the produce and livestock they eat. The concept behind this control is food sovereignty, which asserts that local communities have the right to democratically decide where their food comes from, how it is grown and who profits from selling it. […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: Providing Healthy Alternatives to Food at Corner Stores

Corner stores aren’t the best venues to purchase healthy food in Philadelphia, partly due to the combination of what the stores stock and what the customers choose to purchase. According to a 2010-12 study on access to healthy food by the city’s Department of Public Health, Lower Southwest Philadelphia has 50 standard corner stores (19 of […]

 

Health Beat: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Health Beat: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Philadelphians pursue health and wellness in a variety of ways. Trends come and go as people try new things and officials implement new laws to help keep people fit. Here are a few things you might not know about efforts to keep city residents healthy. 1. At Yoga on the Steps, an annual event that occurs each spring on the […]

 

Southwest: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Southwest: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Largely ignored by city tourism agencies, Southwest Philadelphia has a number of notable attractions and eateries, from Bartram’s Garden to a variety of African restaurants on Woodland Avenue. Much of it can be easy to miss, but if you take your time, you may smell anything from the roses at Flowers by Dante on 63rd Street to the […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: Revitalizing the Schuylkill by Bartram’s Garden

Southwest Philadelphia: Revitalizing the Schuylkill by Bartram’s Garden

Over the summer, Bartram’s Garden hosted a meeting to get community feedback on the Bartram’s Mile, a stretch of trail that would connect Bartram’s to the Schuylkill River Trail that currently ends around South Street. They used the opportunity to reach out and find other ways to connect the people in the community to the […]

 

Newbold: The Dolphin Tavern Spurs Change on South Broad Street

Newbold: The Dolphin Tavern Spurs Change on South Broad Street

Pictured above: A female go-go dancer atop a dance-floor platform at The Dolphin Tavern. One afternoon more than a decade ago, Melissa Blimline (as she was then known) wandered to The Dolphin Tavern for a beer while waiting for her bus home to arrive. When she approached the door, however, she found it locked — […]

 

Southwest Philly: Spotlight Shines on Drama Company for Over 40 Years

The sounds of a keyboard and drums filled the banquet hall as dancers practiced their moves and actors rehearsed musical numbers. In front of the stage, rows of chairs were lined up behind circular tables covered in pink cloth and set with small artificial bouquets. This is where the audience will sit and dine when Evelyn […]

 

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry: People Making a Difference

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry: People Making a Difference

They work in Point Breeze and Grays Ferry, from the banks of the Schuylkill River to a skate warehouse on Alter Street, with one goal in mind: improving daily life for their neighbors and their neighborhoods. Meet the men and women turning their passions into positive changes for Point Breeze and Grays Ferry residents.  Scott Kimiec […]

 

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 […]