Chinatown

 

Loft District: Creating Green Space on The Old Rail Line.

Loft District: Creating Green Space on The Old Rail Line.

Sarah McEneaney is a painter in the Loft District who began the Reading Viaduct Project in 2003 along with John Struble, a woodworker who also lives in the neighborhood. The project merged with Friends of the Rail Park in October 2013 and they now work together to push for a continuous, three-mile, linear park and recreational […]

 

Chinatown: An Educational Anchor in The Community

Chinatown: An Educational Anchor in The Community

Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School is an anchor in the North Chinatown/ Loft District. The school, which is located on Callowhill Street near 10th, has helped to establish the area as a neighborhood and strengthens the identity of the Chinatown community. FACTS was founded in 2005 by Asian Americans United. It accepts students from kindergarten to eighth […]

 

Chinatown/Loft District: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Provides Stability for Homeless

Chinatown/Loft District: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Provides Stability for Homeless

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, located on 13th at Vine Street, is both the largest emergency shelter and largest indoor feeder of the homeless in the Center City area. Executive Director Dick McMillen (above) was first introduced to the world of rescue mission work when he was in high school and has been involved ever since. […]

 

Chinatown: The Final Night Market of 2014

Chinatown: The Final Night Market of 2014

The final Night Market of the year hit Chinatown last Thursday, with more than 60 of the city’s food trucks along with live music and traditional Chinese dances. The Food Trust organized the first Night Market in Philadelphia in 2010 and it has hosted one of the events on the streets of Chinatown for four years in a row. […]

 

Chinatown: Five Types of Authentic Chinese Foods You Need to Try

Chinatown: Five Types of Authentic Chinese Foods You Need to Try

Food diversity is a part of the Chinese culture due to the abundance of local resources in the different areas of China. When Chinese immigrants came to America, they brought their cooking styles along with them and often catered them to American tastes in order to make a profit. In neighborhoods like Chinatown, however, the […]

 

Chinatown North/Loft District: “The Arts and Culture Scene is One of the Foundations in This Area,” says Gary Reuben

Chinatown North/Loft District: “The Arts and Culture Scene is One of the Foundations in This Area,” says Gary Reuben

As a real-estate developer and architect, Gary Reuben (above) can be found making a living through his work as the owner and operator of the Wolf Building, on Callowhill at 12th Street. After purchasing the building in 1997 with his business partner Gary Reisner, Reuben, 60, made the decision to rent space out to artists. Today, […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Expansion Plans Create a Positive Outlook for the Community

Chinatown: Expansion Plans Create a Positive Outlook for the Community

Chinatown acts as a stepping stone as well as a cultural landmark for many Asian-American immigrants. There have been high hopes for the neighborhood to expand as a community. The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. has been developing plans to help both residents and business owners envision Chinatown as a more engaged, urban neighborhood. The PCDC is […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: New Community Center Enters the Financing Stage

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. plans to create a 23-story, multipurpose tower located at the northwest corner of 10th and Vine streets. The first two floors of the building will include the recreational area and the retail space. The rest of the tower will be used for residential units and offices. This proposed center will […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Chinese Cultural and Community Center Fights to Remain a Landmark

Chinatown: Chinese Cultural and Community Center Fights to Remain a Landmark

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has been working to get the Chinese Cultural and Community Center up and running again. It has also tried to protect the historical building against demolition. The center closed in 2007 and has been vacant to this day. Before the construction of the friendship gate, the Chinese Cultural and Community Center was known […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Mini-Parks to Run Along 10th Street

Chinatown: Mini-Parks to Run Along 10th Street

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities has started a parklet pilot program. The parklets are designed to look like mini parks. They are small platforms that extend sidewalks out to the street and replace parking spots with seats and tables. The purpose of the parklets is to allow people to stop, relax and take […]