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North Philadelphia: Infrastructure of The Internet Highlights Digital Divide

North Philadelphia: Infrastructure of The Internet Highlights Digital Divide

Just a few feet beneath every Philadelphian exists a web of veins responsible for carrying precious information, like the oxygen carried by our blood, to and from the city.  Just as oxygen is needed by our brains to function, information, best characterized as communications, are needed by Philadelphia’s residents, government and businesses. Unlike the mast […]

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West Oak Lane: Volunteers Want to Keep Up with the Sweep Up for Philly Spring Cleanup

West Oak Lane: Volunteers Want to Keep Up with the Sweep Up for Philly Spring Cleanup

Each spring, brooms, rakes and buckets of paint come alive as the neighborhoods across the city participate in citywide cleanup days. But what about the rest of the year? Vernon Smith and Carlton Williams, legislative assistants and community outreach liaisons to state Rep. Dwight Evans, who serves the West Oak Lane area, helped orchestrate the April […]

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LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

An anonymous letter landed on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s desk in 2012. It described an experience from a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. Two police officers on the job, away from three individuals — a male defendant, a trans woman and another male complainant — making misgendered statements and slurs. “They [the trans woman] […]

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LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

The brutal 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard put LGBT issues in the national spotlight. Here in Philadelphia, the 2014 beating of a gay couple brought the issues closer to home — and served as a wake-up call to many city residents. “I had one student attacked while having a homophobic slur carved into his […]

 

Bridesburg: Descendant of Lenni Lenape Tribe Strives for State Recognition

Bridesburg: Descendant of Lenni Lenape Tribe Strives for State Recognition

Thousands of years before Bridesburg became the neighborhood we know of today, it was the lush lands that the Lenni Lenape (meaning “original” or “real” people) farmed, fished, hunted and thrived in. On April 13, 2016, residents of Bridesburg gathered at Point No Point Republican Club for an eye-opening presentation by Carla Messinger, a descendant […]

 

Frankford: Quaker School Prioritizes STEM Education for Students

Frankford: Quaker School Prioritizes STEM Education for Students

Students at Frankford Friends School know what it means to be innovative, especially in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These areas of study, coined as STEM, are the new focuses of Frankford Friends’ proposed NEST center, an area on the school’s campus that will allow students to experiment with these subjects through […]

 

Kensington: Program Seeks To Empower Businesses In American Street Corridor

Kensington: Program Seeks To Empower Businesses In American Street Corridor

The American Street Empowerment Zone is all about facilitating job creation and economic development for Kensington – two things that aren’t easy and require diligence and patience. “It takes time. Economic development doesn’t happen overnight,” said Aiisha Herring, director of economic development zones for the city Commerce Department. “Some people moving to these places think it […]

 

Sharswood: Proposed Transformation Of Struggling Neighborhood Raises Concerns, Hope

Sharswood: Proposed Transformation Of Struggling Neighborhood Raises Concerns, Hope

Talmadge Belo narrowed his eyes under the shadow of his baseball cap, his gaze zeroed in on something across the street. “That used to be the nicest house on the block,” said Belo, the vice president of the Brewerytown-Sharswood Civic Association. But that house is boarded up now. A torn mattress tumbled out the back […]

 

LGBTQ: Philadelphia Helps Lead Anti-Discrimination Effort, But Will Rest of State Follow?

LGBTQ: Philadelphia Helps Lead Anti-Discrimination Effort, But Will Rest of State Follow?

Philadelphia sits among 32 municipalities and two counties that have legislation in place to protect the rights of its LGBT residents from discrimination in the workplace. But in a state where there are 67 counties and more than 2,500 municipalities, there is still a lot of work to be done. “We have protections like this in Philadelphia for […]

 

Mayfair: Civic Association Leader Renews Interest in Splitting 15th Police District

Mayfair: Civic Association Leader Renews Interest in Splitting 15th Police District

For nearly 30 years, Mayfair residents have been urging the Philadelphia Police Department and the City of Philadelphia to split the 15th Police District. Largely owing to a collaboration between Donny Smith (above), president of the Mayfair Civic Association, Councilman Bobby Henon, who represents Philadelphia’s 6th Council District in Northeast Philadelphia and Joe DeFelice, chairman […]