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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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Spruce Hill: The Fuze Connects Community Members Through the Power of Words

Spruce Hill: The Fuze Connects Community Members Through the Power of Words

On a recent Friday night, big, lantern-shaped yellow lights hung from the ceiling of Studio 34 and cast a warm shadow on intricate paper birds that dangled a few inches below. A variety of comfy couches, love seats and homey wooden chairs were scattered throughout the space, all facing a small stage area where a single mic stood. […]

 

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 […]

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Kensington: Artists’ Space Aims To Provide Unique And Challenging Programming To Community

Kensington: Artists’ Space Aims To Provide Unique And Challenging Programming To Community

Hidden within a corner of the historic Viking Mill in Kensington is an artists’ space that member Terrill Warrenburg said is named for “the post-World War II period in Germany, a time where artists were able to freely expressive themselves and creatively flourish.” “The original founders of Little Berlin wanted to tap into that ‘anything goes’ […]

 

East Passyunk: Jewelers Find A Home For Collaboration

East Passyunk: Jewelers Find A Home For Collaboration

In room 214 of Bok, previously Edward W. Bok Technical High School, five women are redefining the notion of Philadelphia’s famous, and currently under threat, Jewelers’ Row. Emily Cobb and Leslie Boyd rented a space on the first floor of the newly repurposed Bok in November 2015. In April the duo will move up to a larger studio on […]

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Arts & Entertainment: Philadelphia Artist Gains Recognition for Skeleton Crochet Work

Arts & Entertainment: Philadelphia Artist Gains Recognition for Skeleton Crochet Work

Those close to Philadelphia artist Caitlin McCormack describe her as humble, kind-hearted and talented. Though she views her self as “not good enough” and a “burden,” her peers strongly disagree. “She’s just such an incredible artist,” said Jason Chen, co-owner of Paradigm Gallery + Studio, who met McCormack after both graduated from college. “I want to say […]

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Arts & Entertainment: Laurel Raczka Brings Community, Artists And Scholars Together

Arts & Entertainment: Laurel Raczka Brings Community, Artists And Scholars Together

Laurel Raczka is the executive director of the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City. The Painted Bride Art Center, founded in 1969, is an art venue that caters to artists of varying disciplines that works with independent artists to bring arts to the community. Although leadership of the Painted Bride has changed through the years, its mission […]

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Education: Five Classes To Try In Philadelphia Today

Education: Five Classes To Try In Philadelphia Today

With all the negative attention education in Philadelphia receives, the community forgets about the different opportunities laced throughout the city. While there are endless programs serving the area’s youth, there are an abundance of classes and workshops available to all ages and skill levels. From arts education to STEM concepts, Philadelphia is a hub for […]

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Northwest: Mount Airy Learning Tree Branching Out to Create Stronger Community

Northwest: Mount Airy Learning Tree Branching Out to Create Stronger Community

Mount Airy Learning Tree (MALT) is a community-based nonprofit organization that has been bringing together members of the Northwest Philadelphia community for more than 35 years. Founded in 1980 by Barbara Bloom, MALT looks to enrich the lives of community members by offering a wide range of courses in an informal learning environment on particular […]

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Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Martha Sharkey is the executive director for the Chestnut Hill Business Association and is one of the primary people leading the way in bringing new businesses, programs and community safety projects to the local community. Sharkey, who has held her current position for three years, believes that helping bring new people to the neighborhood will ultimately […]

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