Government

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Leader Says Wards Should Be Redrawn

Hunting Park: Leader Says Wards Should Be Redrawn

The Philadelphia City Council recently passed a redistricting map late last year, leaving at least a dozen of the city’s 66 wards divided by two or more council districts, including wards within Hunting Park that’s split by three council districts. “There is an underlying issue here that we won’t address,” Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez said during […]

 By Najee Clancy and Tyler Dougherty

Hunting Park: Clearing Out the Waste

Hunting Park: Clearing Out the Waste

Keeping an 87-acre park clean can be a laborious task. In Hunting Park, that job is left to Gerald Willis, an employee of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Picking up the park’s trash for 23 years, Willis attested to its upkeep. “It can be a tough job at times. It gets dirty, believe me,” […]

 By Marchelle Roberts and Tiffany Mercer-Robbins

Germantown: Organization Offers Future for Addicts, Homeless

Germantown: Organization Offers Future for Addicts, Homeless

In The State of Homelessness in America 2012, The National Alliance to End Homelessness reported that in Philadelphia, Pa. and surrounding metropolitan areas, there are more than 11,000 homeless living on the streets and in shelters. Dignity Housing is a nonprofit organization staffing 17 employees located in the Germantown neighborhood that helps homeless Philadelphia residents […]

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Prominent ‘Ban the Box’ Advocate Remains Unemployed

Hunting Park: Prominent ‘Ban the Box’ Advocate Remains Unemployed

Although a new Philadelphia law went into effect earlier this month that makes the hiring process less discriminatory for former convicts, its most prominent supporter is still seeking a full-time job and said the bill doesn’t do enough for those trying to smoothly fit back into society. Mic Tabon, a former convict who was incarcerated for seven […]

 By R. Chase Grier and Jessica Herring

Fairhill: The New Palladium Provides a Home for Friends, Family and Community

Fairhill: The New Palladium Provides a Home for Friends, Family and Community

  From the outside, the New Palladium nightclub looks much like a storefront that has yet to open for the business day. At 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 26th, the shutters covered the doors and windows, and very little light escaped to the sidewalk surrounding it. However, looks can be deceiving, particularly in the case of […]

 By Christine Fisher

Center City: Housing Authority Makes Money on Auction; Critics Complain Neighborhood Buyers Left Out

Center City: Housing Authority Makes Money on Auction; Critics Complain Neighborhood Buyers Left Out

The Philadelphia Housing Authority brought in $7 million this week at its first auction of blighted properties, but critics disliked what they described as a process that favored real estate developers over neighborhood buyers. With the help of Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Co., PHA auctioned nearly 400 vacant, scattered-site properties throughout the city […]

 

Technically Philly: Video Game Studio Comes to Philadelphia

Technically Philly: Video Game Studio Comes to Philadelphia

Mike Worth and Lou Tranchitella realized the need for a big-budget video game studio in Philadelphia and co-founded Play Eternal, the first AAA studio in the city. The duo, along with almost 20 other members of their team, have been working to launch Play Eternal and introduce the city to the idea of a big-budget […]

 By Christine Fisher

North Philadelphia: Philadelphia Housing Authority Auction Upsets Residents

North Philadelphia: Philadelphia Housing Authority Auction Upsets Residents

Betsy Esteves was surprised to see the empty lot next to her home on North Third Street–a lot she fenced off, planted grass on, did some minor gardening in and has been struggling to purchase from the Philadelphia Housing Authority for years–among 400 properties listed for auction on Nov. 16. She was even more surprised […]

 By Christine Fisher

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Mayor Michael Nutter visited the construction site at the 40th Street bridge connecting Mantua and Parkside on Thursday afternoon. Nutter visited the site to promote the passage of the Rebuild America Jobs Act and support those involved in the 40th Street bridge construction project. Thursday was a significant day for both the Rebuild America Jobs […]

 By Alyssa Andrews

East Falls: Meeting Addressed Home Security Concerns

East Falls: Meeting Addressed Home Security Concerns

The Philadelphia Police’s 39th District hosted a neighborhood meeting Monday night to discuss safety and security due to a recent string of robberies in the district, which includes part of East Falls. About fifteen citizens gathered at the district’s office to learn about prevention options and voiced their concerns to Officer Joseph Lukaitis. “Everybody gets […]

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