Southwest Center City

 

Center City: The Sustainable Business Network Serves the Community Through Social and Environmental Advocacy

Center City: The Sustainable Business Network Serves the Community Through Social and Environmental Advocacy

Approaching its 15-year anniversary, the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) has grown from a small nonprofit startup, into a thriving organization dedicated to social and economic sustainable business practices. Founded by Judy Wicks, co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and the White Dog Café, SBN has been another success in her contribution to […]

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Graduate Hospital: Friends of Chester Arthur Builds Community Through School Improvements

Graduate Hospital: Friends of Chester Arthur Builds Community Through School Improvements

The Chester A. Arthur School, nestled on the 2000 block between Catherine and Christian streets in the quiet neighborhood of Graduate Hospital, is not what you would call a “typical” public school in Philadelphia. Behind the scenes, volunteers work to make this K-8 learning facility a place of growth and knowledge, and by doing so […]

 

Amateur Sports: Philadelphia Cornhole Becoming a Stitch in Philadelphia Community

Amateur Sports: Philadelphia Cornhole Becoming a Stitch in Philadelphia Community

Cornhole, like most sports, has the power to bring people together, and sometimes that comradery translates into other areas of life. Andy Banas and Chad Puchalski created the Philadelphia Cornhole League in 2013. They are also business partners at Independence Print Company, which specializes in screen printing, embroidery and promotional products. “We saw the opportunity build at a growing sport […]

 

Fitler Square: The Biggest and Most Intensely Local Farmers Market

Fitler Square: The Biggest and Most Intensely Local Farmers Market

As the old postal adage goes, neither rain nor sleet nor snow deters the numerous Fitler Square residents who descend upon the park’s weekly farmers market. Held every Saturday, the modest outdoor market is comprised of local farmers and businesses from throughout the region, plying their locally-sourced produce, meats and baked goods. The market is one […]

 

Rittenhouse: Q&A with Kate Kosarek, Executive Director of Friends of Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse: Q&A with Kate Kosarek, Executive Director of Friends of Rittenhouse Square

Kate Kosarek is the Executive Director of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square, a volunteer organization that maintains the fountains, statues and foliage of Rittenhouse Square. They also host a number of events within the square throughout the year, including the annual Ball on The Square fundraiser. Who are you, and what is your role within the Friends […]

 

Rittenhouse Square: Koresh Dance Company Jetés Out Of Recession

Rittenhouse Square: Koresh Dance Company Jetés Out Of Recession

During a time when many cultural organizations were snuffed out by a dismal economic climate, the Koresh Dance Company in Rittenhouse Square was able to weather the storm. Now in the wake of the Great Recession, the company continues to grow. For Alon Koresh, executive director of the Koresh, it was simply a matter of […]

 

Health Beat: MANNA Meals Seek to Nourish Clients Back to Health

Located in Center City, the nonprofit organization MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) prepares, cooks and serves roughly 4,000 nutritious meals daily to people who suffer from severe and life-threatening illnesses in Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey. “The menu has undergone a lot of change over the years, mostly to enhance the quality of […]

 

Health Beat: MANNA Delivers Healthy Foods to Fight Diseases

[vimeo 92571567] The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, also known as MANNA, is a nonprofit organization located in Center City responsible for preparing, cooking and delivering wholesome, heart-healthy meals to people suffering from severe and life-threatening illnesses in Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey. The organization has a staff of fewer than 30 people, making the operation mostly […]

 By Sarah Mariano, Megan Schmidt and Jonah Martinson

South of South Street: Fresh Produce Comes to the Friends of Julian Abele Park

South of South Street: Fresh Produce Comes to the Friends of Julian Abele Park

Fresh produce and homemade desserts are up for grabs every Friday at Julian Abele Park in Graduate Hospital. Brought to you by The Friends of Julian Abele Park and the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA), the Lancaster County-based food includes all sorts of fruits and vegetables, fruit pies, cookies, sticky buns, bread, eggs and […]

 By Kathryn McBride and Zach Scott

Graduate Hospital: Schools Need Resources

Graduate Hospital: Schools Need Resources

Mayor Michael Nutter wanted to raise additional money for schools by implementing the Actual Value Initiative in 2012. Now the mayor says AVI will be revenue neutral. “The city is not ready to implement [AVI]. It doesn’t have all the data,” said Doerte Smith, a longtime resident and voter of Graduate Hospital. “Luckily Councilman Johnson […]