Environment

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South Philadelphia: Community Organizations Combat Graffiti

South Philadelphia: Community Organizations Combat Graffiti

In Philadelphia, large-scale murals, art installations from internationally renowned creatives and pop-up art pieces have become standard, with South Philadelphia being no exception. South Philadelphia is known for mosaics from Isaiah Zagar and murals of local greats. Despite this, an illegal artform also finds a home in this part of the city. The scribbling and […]

 

Queen Village: Community Finds Alternative Ways to Recycle

Queen Village: Community Finds Alternative Ways to Recycle

Queen Village is doing its best to transform into Clean Village, an environmentally conscientious neighborhood. In hopes of living in a greener city, residents are doing what they can to make changes in their everyday lives to benefit Mother Earth. The Queen Village Neighborhood Association is helping by informing individuals about the city’s rules and restrictions on […]

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Queen Village: Tree Tenders Put Down Roots In The Community

Queen Village: Tree Tenders Put Down Roots In The Community

A group of volunteers in Queen Village known as the Tree Tenders came together on Nov. 19 for their bi-annual tree planting. They devoted their Saturday morning to improving the quality of life in the neighborhood. Volunteers were dispersed in groups of four throughout the community, as well as across other sections of the city. […]

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Juniata Park: Carribbean Native Connects Local Community To Philly Creek

Juniata Park: Carribbean Native Connects Local Community To Philly Creek

As litter from the sea washed upon the white sand beaches of Puerto Rico, Doryán De Angel discovered her zeal. Fueling her fervor for the recovery of Earth’s waterways, the environmentalist is now the community watershed leader of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), a Philadelphia-based initiative established in 2000 to promote community engagement with the body […]

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Mill Creek: Farm Provides for Community in More Ways Than You May Know

Mill Creek: Farm Provides for Community in More Ways Than You May Know

Alkebu-Lan Marcus, a 23-year-old assistant farm manager at Mill Creek Farm, got his start by growing food in his own backyard. He is interested in being able to control his own resources and becoming more sustainable. Living within the Mill Creek community, he finds pleasure in giving back to his neighbors through working at the farm […]

 

Germantown: “It Might Only Be Five of Us Starting Out But Soon People Will See and Want to Help.”

Germantown: “It Might Only Be Five of Us Starting Out But Soon People Will See and Want to Help.”

Inspired by growing concerns about the lack of waste management in Germantown, a small group of individuals joined together and recently completed a 90-day clean-up initiative known as “Clean It Up Make It Safe Germantown.” The program, while still in its early stages, is supported by the Ray of Hope Project, a registered non-profit created […]

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Chestnut Hill: Group Focuses On New Ideas To Improve Community Life

Chestnut Hill: Group Focuses On New Ideas To Improve Community Life

Ryan Rosenbaum cares deeply about the community of Chestnut Hill and is working to improve the future of the neighborhood. He has held the position of executive director of the Chestnut Hill Community Association for 10 months now, and he said it is one of the joys of his career because he likes incorporating new ideas into […]

 

Fox Chase: Pennypack Environmental Center Teaches Youth About Environmental Issues

Fox Chase: Pennypack Environmental Center Teaches Youth About Environmental Issues

The Pennypack Environmental Center is a city-owned and operated facility run by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The center, located at 8600 Verree Rd., had its official opening in 1969 and is a subdivision of Pennypack Park. It was created with the purpose of educating community members about the environment. The Pennypack Environmental Center is about 110 acres, according to Stephen Barras, a […]

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Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk isn’t a neighborhood widely known for its role in the arts, but residents like Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC), would like to see that perception change. “We would like people to realize that art is everywhere in Manayunk,” Lipton said. And it is. Portraits of people from Manayunk, painted by Mat […]

 

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

In 2011, the Brewerytown CDC and the Fairmount CDC collaborated to turn an abandoned lot into a space the two neighborhoods could put to use, creating the foundation for the community run Girard-Dream Garden. With the help of a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Fairmount CDC was able to select and […]