Economy

 

South Philadelphia: Buy Nothing Group Fosters Community And Helps Neighbors Via Facebook

South Philadelphia: Buy Nothing Group Fosters Community And Helps Neighbors Via Facebook

One similarity between Bainbridge Island, WA and Philadelphia is an experimental gift economy. Hyperlocal groups are based on the concept of helping neighbors by giving items one person no longer finds useful to others who do. These groups are forming in communities all over the country. No bartering, trading or illegal activity are allowed. Philadelphia started with one […]

 

Social Issues: “There Is An Affordable Housing Crisis That Confronts The City In Some Real Ways.”

Social Issues: “There Is An Affordable Housing Crisis That Confronts The City In Some Real Ways.”

Kelvin Jeremiah, the president and CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, has brought unique ideas from previous stops in Springfield, Massachusetts and New York City to help develop better living conditions for some of Philadelphia’s low-income citizens.   How did you get started with the Philadelphia Housing Authority? So I came to the PHA about […]

 

Social Issues: Pew’s Larry Eichel Speaks About Population Shifts In The City And Neighborhoods

Social Issues: Pew’s Larry Eichel Speaks About Population Shifts In The City And Neighborhoods

Larry Eichel has been the head of the Philadelphia Research Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trust for nine years. The nonprofit seeks to inform the conversation and highlight key issues to provide context for changes happening in Philadelphia. In his time there, Eichel has worked researching the city’s issues and demographics for the benefit of […]

 

How To: Buy Bitcoin

How To: Buy Bitcoin

The recent surge in value of Bitcoin led many people to look it up on the internet. According to Google Trends, the search-term “bitcoin” was one of the most-searched terms in the third week of August 2017. Just a year earlier it only had 12 percent as many searches as the most searched term in […]

 

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

María Quiñones-Sánchez took office 10 years ago representing District 7 in Philadelphia City Council. Long considered a party outsider, it is not uncommon to find her battling politically with Latino leaders in her own neighborhood, as well as other council members. Her sprawling council district is comprised of a wide area, covering all or parts […]

 

How To: Become A Bouncer

How To: Become A Bouncer

In 2011, City Council enacted a law with requirements for bouncers, one that prohibits bars and other places from employing security who have not completed a training course. Security jobs are one gateway to the workforce for those who may not have completed higher levels of education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean […]

 

Social Issues: “After Graduating Law School, I Felt It Was Important To Give Back To My Community As Much As I Can.”

Social Issues: “After Graduating Law School, I Felt It Was Important To Give Back To My Community As Much As I Can.”

Michael Lee is the executive director of the non-profit organization Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lee graduated from Central High School and was a part of the inaugural class of Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2009. Following his graduation from law school he began practicing as a criminal […]

 

Mayfair: This Week In The News — An Eclipse Party, Singing Summer Camp Concert And A Community Facing Challenges

Mayfair: This Week In The News — An Eclipse Party, Singing Summer Camp Concert And A Community Facing Challenges

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Mapping Progress in 55 Philadelphia Neighborhoods–  Next City released a report listing Mayfair among a half dozen neighborhoods “facing the greatest challenges.” The organization used census data from 2009 through 2014. (via Next City) Eclipse shines brightly […]

 

Olney: The Most Space For Your Rent Check And More This Week

Olney: The Most Space For Your Rent Check And More This Week

What $1,100 rents right now– Olney comes in at the bottom of the list for cost and top for space. $1,100 per month will rent a three bedroom, two bathroom unit in Olney, versus a one bedroom, one bathroom in Rittenhouse with no living room. (via Curbed Philly) James Russell Lung (Obituary)– Olney High School […]

 

Kensington: A Free More-Than-Just-Soccer Camp

Kensington: A Free More-Than-Just-Soccer Camp

As the sun rises on Hissey Playground at C Street and Indiana Avenue there’s usually a bit of a mess. Being in the shadow of the unofficial heroin capital of the region, Department of Recreation personnel must take care of cleaning up the needles, baggies and bottles that found their way to the sports field […]

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