Environment

 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 […]

 By Niesha Miller and Shawn H. Kotzen

Hunting Park: Residents Hope to Take Back Neighborhood

Hunting Park: Residents Hope to Take Back Neighborhood

Residents on the 1300 block of Colwyn Street in Hunting Park suggest unity as a solution to the increase of drug activity and lack of after-school programs on their streets. Lorraine Evans has lived in Hunting Park for more than 15 years. She said she doesn’t believe the neighborhood has gotten safer. On some mornings, she’s […]

 By Diane Scafidi and Victoria Holmes

Northern Liberties: Need for More Parking, Less Barking for New Market

Northern Liberties: Need for More Parking, Less Barking for New Market

The 900 block of New Market Street typified what much of Northern Liberties looked like. On this one small block, there was a mixture of old row homes occupi0d by longtime residents of the area mixed in with newly constructed condominiums occupied by renters attracted by the gentrification of the neighborhood. During the day, this […]

 By Zac Camagna and Melissa Straube

Mantua: Residents Strive to Maintain History

Mantua: Residents Strive to Maintain History

At Union and Wallace streets, there is a community garden owned and maintained by Mantua resident Dallas Scott. Scott was born in 1963 in the same home his grandfather owned before he died. “Originally, there was a house right next to ours,” Scott said. “These were two twin houses right here and the one house […]

 By Matthew Wargo

Fishtown: Nonprofit Sustainabilty Program Anchors Neighborhood’s Greening Efforts

Fishtown: Nonprofit Sustainabilty Program Anchors Neighborhood’s Greening Efforts

One nonprofit sustainability program is moving Fishtown toward a greener and cleaner future. It is Sustainable 19125’s goal to make the 19125 ZIP code the greenest in Philadelphia, and community members are leading the way. The program focuses on three particular aspects of the environment: The Big Green Block; Walk, Bike, Ride; and Green Blocks. […]

 By Lee Miller and Casey Moore

Mantua: Drexel Students and Mantua Residents Come Together for Spring Cleanup

Mantua: Drexel Students and Mantua Residents Come Together for Spring Cleanup

A total of 1,240,360 pounds of trash were picked up during 2011’s Philly Spring Cleanup. A total of 2,574 volunteers, 149,860 pounds of waste recycled. In only it’s fourth year the program put up impressive numbers. Several dozen local residents and students joined together with Mantua Community Improvement Committee with hopes of making the fifth […]

 By Colin Gerrity

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

Broken tree branches, cracked sidewalks, cluttered paths. These issues should be routine maintenance. But with the uncertainty of proper funding to the Parks and Recreation Department, these problems could continue to increase and spiral out of control. On April 17, members of the Friends of Clark Park joined with 250 enraged citizens inside City Council […]

 By Sandy Tran and Rachel Stumpo

Wynnefield: Flower Beds Grow Smaller Throughout Philadelphia Parks

Wynnefield: Flower Beds Grow Smaller Throughout Philadelphia Parks

Where do the flowers growing in Philadelphia’s public parks came from? Do they grow wild or are they planted? They are actually grown by the Horticulture Center, a little greenhouse nestled in Fairmount Park not far from the Philadelphia Zoo. Many who enjoy these flower plantings may not have noticed that the flower beds in […]

 By Tim Johnson and Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: Community Garden Brings Residents Closer to Park

Hunting Park: Community Garden Brings Residents Closer to Park

The community garden in Hunting Park, one of many revitalization projects taking place in the park over the past year, allows residents to grow their own fruits and vegetables in the usually limited green space found in North Philadelphia. “This is easy enough,” said Carnell Anderson, a Hunting Park resident who has his own plot […]