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Immigration: The Polish Provide Philadelphia With History

Immigration: The Polish Provide Philadelphia With History

Poland’s presence may have even preceded Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Newfoundland with the navigation of the mysterious John Scolvus, sometimes referred to as John of Kolno. While a lack of records make this a disputable claim, it is clear that the Polish have aided America since its very beginning. “The bond between Poland and […]

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Old City: 5 Ways Philadelphia Impacted American History

Old City: 5 Ways Philadelphia Impacted American History

Philadelphia can be considered the birthplace of American politics. Although Philadelphia held a strong influence over the formation of the United States, politics in the city today remain detached from influencing the national political scene. To understand current Philadelphia politics, understanding the events of 18th century Philadelphia is paramount to feel the city’s passion for intense politics. […]

 

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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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 […]

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Old City: “What is Good for Our Residents is Probably Good for Our Community.”

Old City: “What is Good for Our Residents is Probably Good for Our Community.”

Job Itzkowitz is the executive director of the Old City District in Philadelphia. Since starting the job in August of 2014, he has lead a staff that is committed to the improvement of the Old City District for residents and visitors alike. The operations office is located at 231 Market St., where Itzkowitz leads a team of four, who […]

 

Old City: Arch Enemy Forming Alliances with Local Artists

Old City: Arch Enemy Forming Alliances with Local Artists

In the midst of inspecting the new paintings to adorn his walls, art director Patrick Shillenn snapped his fingers in revelation and then stepped back behind a wall to adjust the room lighting to properly complement the mood of the latest themed gallery. “We reach out to a lot of artists,” Shillenn stated. “We try to stay […]

 

Old City: Where You’re Never Too Spoiled

Old City: Where You’re Never Too Spoiled

Rene Galvin opened Never Too Spoiled in 2008 as a seasonal shop in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin. Galvin opened the small storefront mostly to run Internet sales out of but after falling in love with it, she decided to make it a more permanent business. The little shop down the shore blossomed into a quirky and vibrant boutique […]

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Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

In 2006, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) euthanized 90 percent of the animals that were brought to them. In an effort to ratify the high frequency of euthanasia and provide a better alternative, Dana Spain founded the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) as PACCA’s life-saving department.  In 2009, PAWS broke away from PACCA, […]

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Old City: Carriage Driver Turned Teacher

Old City: Carriage Driver Turned Teacher

Kelly Filbert is a horse carriage driver in Old City. Being a horse carriage driver has made her find a love for history. She wants to pass her knowledge on to everyone who steps into her carriage.   Can you explain the difference between this job and other jobs you have worked? This job is […]

 

Old City: Miles Butler Builds Community to Save The Planet

Old City: Miles Butler Builds Community to Save The Planet

As a lifelong activist and a current leader in Philadelphia’s sustainability community, Miles Butler has dedicated most of his life toward spreading knowledge and awareness of environmental protection. Raised in Mt. Airy, Butler lived in Massachusetts for a few years, then moved back to Philly to pursue his passion as a musician and environmentalist. In 2014, […]

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