Southwest Philadelphia

 

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 […]

 

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. […]