Environment

 

How To: Become A Block Captain

How To: Become A Block Captain

The City of Philadelphia provides support for citizens who’d like to become active in their community. While anyone can round up their neighbors to keep their street clean, the city can help by providing supplies and special trash pickups. The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) runs a Block Captain program, and all you have to do […]

 

How To: Have A Free Tree Planted

How To: Have A Free Tree Planted

TREE PHILLY Feeling a lack of green in your neighborhood? TreePhilly can fix that. Since former Mayor Michael Nutter’s Office of Sustainability set the goal for each neighborhood in Philadelphia to receive 30 percent tree canopy coverage, TreePhilly has planted more than 17,000 trees throughout the city. You have the option to get a tree planted […]

 

Point Breeze: Community Cookout And More Events This Week

Point Breeze: Community Cookout And More Events This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Point Breeze this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood.  Summer Concert Series: Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-8 p.m. – South Philly Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (1700 S. Broad St.) Murph’s VHS Movie Night: Wednesday July 12, 8-11 p.m. – […]

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Fairmount Park: Historic Homes Have Stories to Tell

Fairmount Park: Historic Homes Have Stories to Tell

The Charms of Fairmount Park are six historic houses with six different stories to tell. Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford are maintained as historic house museums. Some people have visited all of them while others have never heard of them. In recent years, fewer people are visiting the […]

 

Germantown: Bringing The Farm Life To The City

Germantown: Bringing The Farm Life To The City

Philadelphia holds the fifth largest city population in the United States and largely is made up of rowhomes and businesses along busy streets. One of the major identifiers for large cities is that the high quantity of buildings leads to fewer green spaces than there are in rural areas. Located at 215 E. Penn St., Germantown […]

 

West Philadelphia: A Slice of Japan in Fairmount Park

West Philadelphia: A Slice of Japan in Fairmount Park

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is getting ready for a partial roof replacement later this summer. While most might find this subject to be of no interest, there is actually a unique story behind it. The roof on the home is made out of hinoki bark. “Hinoki roofs are a pretty rare thing to find […]

 

South Philadelphia: Local Tree Planters Breathe Life Into Community

South Philadelphia: Local Tree Planters Breathe Life Into Community

Finding the time and energy to maintain one’s property can be a daunting task in a city like Philadelphia. In certain neighborhoods, having “curb appeal” can be as simple as not having a pileup of trash on your sidewalk. For the many local groups involved with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders program, beautification takes […]

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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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Mayfair: CDC Executive Director Aims to Keep Neighborhood Current

Mayfair: CDC Executive Director Aims to Keep Neighborhood Current

Luka Lakuriqi has made it his mission to make the Mayfair community the place to be in the Northeast. He leads the Mayfair Community Development Corporation, located on the second floor of the Mayfair Community Center at 2990 St. Vincent St. Lakuriqi and his team serve everyone from business owners to residents to make sure that Mayfair’s […]

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Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Someone walking down American Street through Northern Liberties would see many sleek, modern homes mixed with niche places to shop and eat. They might hear echoes of thumping and clanking from new construction and definitely a few barking dogs. The neighborhood wasn’t always a hub of expansion. Similar to small towns along the Rust Belt, […]