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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); […]

 

Frankford: Grand Army Of The Republic Museum & Library Offers Frankford Residents Historical Context

Frankford: Grand Army Of The Republic Museum & Library Offers Frankford Residents Historical Context

It’s arguably the most inconspicuous building on Griscom Street. The building is the former home of Dr. John Ruan, a prominent doctor in Frankford in the 18th and 19th centuries. There’s no large sign or anything of note about the building that would tell you how unique its contents are. That is until you take a step inside. […]

 

West Philadelphia: IAC And Philly Thrive Are Trying To Rewrite History

West Philadelphia: IAC And Philly Thrive Are Trying To Rewrite History

After the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter George Zimmerman, the Black Lives Matter movement exploded onto every television screen, Twitter feed, and the minds of activists who wish to better the lives of African-Americans. Organizations like the International Action Center (IAC) in Philadelphia and Philly Thrive focus on ensuring that black […]

 

South Philadelphia: A Museum’s Love Letter to Italian Immigration

South Philadelphia: A Museum’s Love Letter to Italian Immigration

East Passyunk Avenue has long been a hub for Italian families, businesses and culture, making it the perfect spot for the History of Italian Immigration Museum, the first and only of its kind in the area. HIIM, at 1834 E. Passyunk Ave., was the creation of Filitalia International, a nearly 30-year-old South Philly-grown non-profit created […]

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City Hall: Eight Statues That Help Tell The History of Philadelphia

City Hall: Eight Statues That Help Tell The History of Philadelphia

The plazas surrounding City Hall are enriched with iconic statues. From the 37-foot-tall monument of William Penn at the top of the building to the smaller statues scattered around the base of the structure, these figures are meant to memorialize the lives and accomplishments of Philadelphians of past eras. Locals and tourists hustle through their […]

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Fishtown: Jesse Gardner Opens Doors to Help Save St. Laurentius Church

Fishtown: Jesse Gardner Opens Doors to Help Save St. Laurentius Church

Jesse Gardner is the key holder to the art gallery, Unsung Heroes . Here, at 2024 E. Arizona St., double life-sized painted portraits of firefighters hang on the walls. But on the first Friday of each month, Gardner’s gallery takes on a very different role as he welcomes Fishtown residents into his creative space. Even though he […]

 

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 […]

 

Tacony: Creativity Freshens Up Torresdale Avenue

Tacony: Creativity Freshens Up Torresdale Avenue

Walking down Torresdale Avenue in Tacony guarantees plenty of windows to look though. But sometimes windows need more than Windex, and the refreshing of buildings can give more to look at. So in 2014, the Tacony Community Development Corporation started revitalizing the Torresdale Avenue business corridor in the neighborhood. Torresdale Avenue Storefront Improvement Program (TSIP) Project Manager Alex […]