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Chinatown: Gate Serves as Symbolic Entrance to Philadelphia’s Asian Community

Chinatown: Gate Serves as Symbolic Entrance to Philadelphia’s Asian Community

In a neighborhood that’s stood in Philadelphia since the 1870s, the Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch streets seems young by comparison—it was finished and dedicated in January 1984. Chinatown’s symbolic entrance, however, might not have been erected if it weren’t for Dick Doran, an assistant to former mayor William Green. Doran elevated the importance […]

 

Chinatown North/Callowhill: Naming the Neighborhood Proves To Be Longtime Challenge

Chinatown North/Callowhill: Naming the Neighborhood Proves To Be Longtime Challenge

There’s a battle of sorts being waged near the Vine Street Expressway. Development throughout the entire city has been picking up over the past few years in Philadelphia, and the area north of Chinatown is no exception. But it’s not just arguments over development that are sparking debate between community leaders in the neighborhood north […]

 

Poplar: Congregants Drawn To Church With Deep Roots In Neighborhood

Poplar: Congregants Drawn To Church With Deep Roots In Neighborhood

Leslie Callahan can’t pinpoint a specific reason why people end up at her church, located on the southwest corner of Wallace and 10th streets. But she does know that once people walk through the front door, most become a member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church for life. “Many of our members have been here a […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Since its inception in 1958, The Chestnut Hill Local newspaper has served neighborhoods in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, covering smaller-scale news stories pertaining to the local community, rather than the entire city. “The Chestnut Hill Local started off as the newsletter of the community association and then morphed into an independent newspaper,” said Larry […]

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Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Martha Sharkey is the executive director for the Chestnut Hill Business Association and is one of the primary people leading the way in bringing new businesses, programs and community safety projects to the local community. Sharkey, who has held her current position for three years, believes that helping bring new people to the neighborhood will ultimately […]

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Chinatown: Community Agency Looks To Engage More Residents, Businesses

Chinatown: Community Agency Looks To Engage More Residents, Businesses

In a quiet office on 9th Street, red lanterns are strung from the ceiling and two long banners are hung beside a portrait of the Arch of Friendship. The office houses the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., where special projects associate Lamei Zhang (above) sits in the back corner, tucked between two computer screens and flyers […]

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Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Someone walking down American Street through Northern Liberties would see many sleek, modern homes mixed with niche places to shop and eat. They might hear echoes of thumping and clanking from new construction and definitely a few barking dogs. The neighborhood wasn’t always a hub of expansion. Similar to small towns along the Rust Belt, […]

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Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Like other parts of the city, Northern Liberties’ housing market has rapidly expanded in recent years. It seems as if every other street is restricted by orange construction barricades. By the time the seasons change, they’re gone, a new building is up and an old brick home is being demolished. New construction often comes with […]

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Point Breeze: Redevelopment Brings Residents To The Table

Point Breeze: Redevelopment Brings Residents To The Table

In August, the group formally known as Newbold Neighbors Association took a leap in creating inclusivity in the Point Breeze community. The civic association that serves the area between 18th and Broad Streets and Washington and Passyunk Avenues chose to rename their organization to the East Point Breeze Neighbors (EPBN), to acknowledge the history of […]

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Chestnut Hill: Architectural Hall Of Fame Gets 5 New Members

Chestnut Hill: Architectural Hall Of Fame Gets 5 New Members

Chestnut Hill has inducted five new members into its Architectural Hall of Fame. The buildings and landscapes chosen this year include the Morris Arboretum (numerous architects, 19th-21st centuries); the Chestnut Hill Fire Station (John T. Windrim, 1894); the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (G.W. and W.D Hewitt, 1895); Krisheim, located at 7638 McCallum St. (Peabody and Stearns, Olmsted Brothers, 1910-12); […]

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