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Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Dating back to the 1680s, when it was a just small part of Germantown, the neighborhood of Mount Airy has a rich history that has shaped the diverse and tight-knit community that it is today. In 1750, William Allen, a chief justice for the province of Pennsylvania, built an estate at the corner of modern-day […]

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Northwest Philadelphia: Jumpstart Germantown Looks to Revitalize the Community One Property at a Time

Northwest Philadelphia: Jumpstart Germantown Looks to Revitalize the Community One Property at a Time

Jumpstart Germantown is a redevelopment program that was established in April, 2014 by Mount Airy real estate developer Ken Weinstein. The organization tackles the problems of blighted properties in the Northwest by training a new generation of developers how to invest in and revitalize real estate. “I liked taking junk, something like old buildings, and doing […]

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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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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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Manayunk: Seven Niche Shops Bringing The Community Together

Manayunk: Seven Niche Shops Bringing The Community Together

Customers and shop owners along Main Street say the area embodies the “Cheers” mentality – it’s a place where “everybody knows your name.” The street is packed with small specialty businesses run by people who are not only passionate about their companies but about the Manayunk community. Main Street Music, 4444 Main St. A fixture […]

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South Philadelphia: Nonprofit Executive Strives To End Hunger In Philadelphia

South Philadelphia: Nonprofit Executive Strives To End Hunger In Philadelphia

Since 1984, Philabundance has been operating out of South Philadelphia with one goal in mind: ending hunger in the region. Today, the nonprofit organization serves approximately 90,000 people per week. Glenn Bergman, a former health care professional, has served as executive director of Philabundance for almost two years. Bergman came to the nonprofit after spending […]

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Germantown: Five Black-Owned Small Businesses Prospering In The Community

Germantown: Five Black-Owned Small Businesses Prospering In The Community

Germantown is one of the oldest settlements in Philadelphia. Known for its historical landmarks such as the Germantown White House, The Johnson House and many more, the history tracks almost three centuries of settlement, patriotism and abolitionism. But it has more to offer than just history including an abundance of small businesses. Here are five black-owned businesses around Germantown and Chelten avenues that offer a variety of […]

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Bella Vista: Five Non-Italian Places To Eat At The Italian Market

Bella Vista: Five Non-Italian Places To Eat At The Italian Market

The Italian Market on South Ninth Street contains its fair share of restaurants and cafes. Its name, however, is a tad misleading. Along with its abundance of Italian restaurants, the Market has become a spot for dining diversity. Rather than take you through the best Italian cuisine, here are five non-Italian places south of Washington Avenue to […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Since its inception in 1958, The Chestnut Hill Local newspaper has served neighborhoods in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, covering smaller-scale news stories pertaining to the local community, rather than the entire city. “The Chestnut Hill Local started off as the newsletter of the community association and then morphed into an independent newspaper,” said Larry […]