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Mayfair this week: Native Makes Good, Old Photos And A Court Ruling

Mayfair this week: Native Makes Good, Old Photos And A Court Ruling

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Local woman hopes to reunite photo album with family: When a box of photos were found in a Mayfair basement, it became one woman’s mission to return them the the rightful owner. (via Fox29) Pennsylvania State Education […]

 

Education: Councilwoman Helen Gym, “I need a big vision for the school district that people believe in.”

Education: Councilwoman Helen Gym, “I need a big vision for the school district that people believe in.”

Helen Gym (D) is an at-large Philadelphia City Council member and vocal education advocate. Her goal in public office has been to to tackle widespread poverty through creating a quality public education system – the same system she taught in and put her children through. Philadelphia Neighborhoods spoke with Councilwoman Gym on the phone to discuss the […]

 

How To: Help Keep Neighborhood Elections Fair

How To: Help Keep Neighborhood Elections Fair

The primary way democracy thrives and survives is through fair elections. But who exactly is making sure the elections are fair? Is it some far off big-moneyed or well-connected power player? Nope. It’s people from your neighborhood. And if it is not folks you know then it should be you. The people making sure elections […]

 

Mayfair: Benefit Programs Enrollment Assistance, Night Markets And More This Week

Mayfair: Benefit Programs Enrollment Assistance, Night Markets And More This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Mayfair this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood. BenePhilly Mobile Office– July 18-20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.:  Find out about and enroll in various benefit programs like health insurance, disability, prescription drugs, and utility bill and tax bill assistance. Their […]

 

Harrowgate: Outsiders Pitch In When Locals Don’t

Harrowgate: Outsiders Pitch In When Locals Don’t

Longtime community members fight for their neighborhood one block at a time in Harrowgate. Repelling drug dealers, moving addicts along and fighting opportunistic slumlords starts less with city-wide policy and more with in-person communication and leading by example. Local civic association leaders like Shannon Farrell and Jim Ridgway do it neighborhood-wide. But it’s the block captains […]

 

How To: Become A Block Captain

How To: Become A Block Captain

The City of Philadelphia provides support for citizens who’d like to become active in their community. While anyone can round up their neighbors to keep their street clean, the city can help by providing supplies and special trash pickups. The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) runs a Block Captain program, and all you have to do […]

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Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Dating back to the 1680s, when it was a just small part of Germantown, the neighborhood of Mount Airy has a rich history that has shaped the diverse and tight-knit community that it is today. In 1750, William Allen, a chief justice for the province of Pennsylvania, built an estate at the corner of modern-day […]

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Chinatown: Stakeholders Tackle Crucial Development Questions As Neighborhood Grows

Chinatown: Stakeholders Tackle Crucial Development Questions As Neighborhood Grows

The story of Philadelphia’s Chinatown isn’t unique. But the history of this city’s Asian immigrant- and Asian-American home is, for residents, what makes it stand out from other stories of gentrification. Historically, Chinatowns have grown in abandoned urban neighborhoods, unwanted for things other than industrial business. In Philadelphia, this part of town – called Chinatown […]

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Activism: Philadelphia’s Wavering Sanctuary City Status

Activism: Philadelphia’s Wavering Sanctuary City Status

Full of culture and immigrants from around the world, Philadelphia is one of many jurisdictions that serves as a refuge for both documented and undocumented immigrants. In 2017, the United States and much of the world are facing issues in and around immigration based on — but not limited to — concerns of national security […]

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Education: A Comprehensive Look At Charters And What They Mean For Philadelphia’s Education

Education: A Comprehensive Look At Charters And What They Mean For Philadelphia’s Education

It is 4:20 p.m. and the security line at the school district’s Education Center was beginning to grumble with agitation. A mother clutched a poster-board using it as a fan as she stood in line in the heavy humid air. The small crowd took steps forward almost in unison, rushing to the auditorium hoping to […]