Environment

 By Matt Yost and Danielle Rosati

Overbrook Park: Community Cleanup Day Attracts Far Flung Help

Overbrook Park: Community Cleanup Day Attracts Far Flung Help

The Overbrook Park Civic Association orchestrated a Saturday community cleanup event in late September continuing its efforts to beautify the Rose Playground and the surrounding area. Angela Hall-Morris, treasurer of the Overbrook Park Civic Association, organized this beautification event for this organization founded more than 30 years ago that now has more than 200 members. […]

 By Danielle Rosati and Matt Yost

Wynnefield: Urban Tree Connection Grows Business and Community Involvement

Wynnefield: Urban Tree Connection Grows Business and Community Involvement

Many automatically assume that fresh produce like spinach, lettuce, carrots and tomatoes originates from farms outside Philadelphia in places like Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County or the ‘Garden State’ of New Jersey. However, Urban Tree Connection has made it possible for West Philadelphia residents to harvest and purchase locally grown produce. Urban Tree Connection is a non-profit […]

 By Fatia Kasumu and Zach Martin

Germantown: Wayne Avenue Merchant Association Pleads for Participation

Germantown: Wayne Avenue Merchant Association Pleads for Participation

“I like to see nice things and simple things. I don’t want to wade through trash and filth,” said Allison Weiss, organizer of the Wayne Avenue Merchant Association. Although the Wayne Avenue Merchant Association meets every first Friday of the month, involvement among business owners is far from sufficient. Weiss founded the association about four […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Expansion Plans Create a Positive Outlook for the Community

Chinatown: Expansion Plans Create a Positive Outlook for the Community

Chinatown acts as a stepping stone as well as a cultural landmark for many Asian-American immigrants. There have been high hopes for the neighborhood to expand as a community. The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. has been developing plans to help both residents and business owners envision Chinatown as a more engaged, urban neighborhood. The PCDC is […]

 By Alise Hammond and Kiara McKnight

West Poplar: Teens Harvest Fresh Produce for the Community

West Poplar: Teens Harvest Fresh Produce for the Community

In a city where pools are open for only a few weeks out of the summer and recreation centers aren’t providing adequate activity for kids, there is a sense of dread and uneasiness. Over the past two summers, bored and frustrated teens have expressed themselves in the form of flash mobs, descending on the Center […]

 By Michelle C. Zei and Thomas A. Cochet

Germantown: Awbury Arboretum Schools Residents on Honeybees

Germantown: Awbury Arboretum Schools Residents on Honeybees

When Anaiis Salles checked on her “girls” the master beekeeper at Awbury Arboretum noticed one of their hives had been tampered with. Salles, along with her bee steward helpers, put the top of the hive back in its respective position. Even the slightest changes and imbalances can compromise the efficiency of honeybee colonies. Over a […]

 By Shanise Redmon and Monet Tucker

Germantown: Cooperative Creates an Artistic Oasis

Germantown: Cooperative Creates an Artistic Oasis

The Greene Street Artists Cooperative  has been a community where multifaceted artists can live and work for over two decades. Each artist comes from a diverse background, but as a whole they make up a unified and creative group of individuals. Located at 5225 Greene St., GSAC began as a program jump started by the Philadelphia […]

 By Diane Scafidi and Victoria Holmes

Northern Liberties: Park Went from Tannery to Greenery

Northern Liberties: Park Went from Tannery to Greenery

The Weeders Club brings gardening gloves and meets for coffee and snacks at Liberty Lands Park for the sole purpose of tending to the community gardens of 37 plots. The Weeders Club is an informal club that consists of neighborhood volunteers. “Every Saturday morning, a collection of us shows up,” Jennifer Gold, garden coordinator at […]

 By Monet S. Tucker and Shanise Redmon

Germantown: Teaming Up to Clean Up

Germantown: Teaming Up to Clean Up

Friends of Vernon Park has teamed up with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in an effort to maintain Vernon Park’s beautiful landscape. Members of AmeriCorps NCCC and volunteers from Friends of Vernon Park had no problem rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty for a good cause. They pulled up weeds, raked leaves, cleaned out gutters and […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Center City: New Hotel to Sit Across From the Reading Terminal Market

Center City: New Hotel to Sit Across From the Reading Terminal Market

The Parkway Corp. has planned to build a $60 million hotel at 12th and Arch streets. The new hotel will be located across the street from the Reading Terminal Market and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It will be equipped with 246 guest rooms and a parking garage with space to hold up to 860 cars. “Between […]