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Harrowgate: Get Your Motor Running- Reentry Roadblocks Lead To Transportation Innovation

Harrowgate: Get Your Motor Running- Reentry Roadblocks Lead To Transportation Innovation

Freddy Castro put himself into a tight spot. After a few brush-ups with the law he decided to go the straight and narrow. But trying to land a decent paying job with a criminal record is tough. And having no driver’s license can tie you up even tighter than handcuffs. “I was interviewing for a […]

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Chinatown: Stakeholders Tackle Crucial Development Questions As Neighborhood Grows

Chinatown: Stakeholders Tackle Crucial Development Questions As Neighborhood Grows

The story of Philadelphia’s Chinatown isn’t unique. But the history of this city’s Asian immigrant- and Asian-American home is, for residents, what makes it stand out from other stories of gentrification. Historically, Chinatowns have grown in abandoned urban neighborhoods, unwanted for things other than industrial business. In Philadelphia, this part of town – called Chinatown […]

 

Old City: Museum Combats the Rise in Anti-Semitism

Old City: Museum Combats the Rise in Anti-Semitism

The year was 1917. The world had been engaged in World War I for about three years before the United States entered. Violent revolutions broke out across Russia in response to government corruption, ultimately leading to Vladamir Lenin leading his Bolshevik party to revolt against the provisional government that was in place to put Lenin […]

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Activism: Philadelphia’s Wavering Sanctuary City Status

Activism: Philadelphia’s Wavering Sanctuary City Status

Full of culture and immigrants from around the world, Philadelphia is one of many jurisdictions that serves as a refuge for both documented and undocumented immigrants. In 2017, the United States and much of the world are facing issues in and around immigration based on — but not limited to — concerns of national security […]

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Education: A Comprehensive Look At Charters And What They Mean For Philadelphia’s Education

Education: A Comprehensive Look At Charters And What They Mean For Philadelphia’s Education

It is 4:20 p.m. and the security line at the school district’s Education Center was beginning to grumble with agitation. A mother clutched a poster-board using it as a fan as she stood in line in the heavy humid air. The small crowd took steps forward almost in unison, rushing to the auditorium hoping to […]

 

Center City West: Area Building Boom Includes High-Rise Hotels, Condos

Center City West: Area Building Boom Includes High-Rise Hotels, Condos

David Ertz peered out his office window at the evolving Center City skyline he is helping to create. “It is kind of remarkable, what’s going on,” said Ertz, a partner and design architect at Cope Linder Architects, located at Market and 17th streets. The firm has designed buildings in the neighborhood like 1706 Rittenhouse Square […]

 

Chinatown: Gate Serves as Symbolic Entrance to Philadelphia’s Asian Community

Chinatown: Gate Serves as Symbolic Entrance to Philadelphia’s Asian Community

In a neighborhood that’s stood in Philadelphia since the 1870s, the Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch streets seems young by comparison—it was finished and dedicated in January 1984. Chinatown’s symbolic entrance, however, might not have been erected if it weren’t for Dick Doran, an assistant to former mayor William Green. Doran elevated the importance […]

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Old City: PhillyCAM Provides Community with Media Access

Old City: PhillyCAM Provides Community with Media Access

Philadelphia fought to get its public access television for 27 years and, on October 23, 2009, that fight came to an end. Philadelphia Community Access Media (PhillyCAM) started its cable broadcasting on Comcast and Verizon. PhillyCAM is non-profit organization that operates Philadelphia’s public access television. Located on the corner at Seventh and Ranstead streets, the doors […]

 

Chinatown North/Callowhill: Naming the Neighborhood Proves To Be Longtime Challenge

Chinatown North/Callowhill: Naming the Neighborhood Proves To Be Longtime Challenge

There’s a battle of sorts being waged near the Vine Street Expressway. Development throughout the entire city has been picking up over the past few years in Philadelphia, and the area north of Chinatown is no exception. But it’s not just arguments over development that are sparking debate between community leaders in the neighborhood north […]

 

Poplar: Congregants Drawn To Church With Deep Roots In Neighborhood

Poplar: Congregants Drawn To Church With Deep Roots In Neighborhood

Leslie Callahan can’t pinpoint a specific reason why people end up at her church, located on the southwest corner of Wallace and 10th streets. But she does know that once people walk through the front door, most become a member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church for life. “Many of our members have been here a […]

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