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Girard Estate: Stephen Girard Park Offers A Sense Of Community to South Philly Neighborhood

Girard Estate: Stephen Girard Park Offers A Sense Of Community to South Philly Neighborhood

Stephen Girard Park, located at 21st and Shunk streets, nestled in the neighborhood of Girard Estate, serves to connect a community in an area that is steeped in history. Ann Christinzio, the park’s historian and a resident of Girard Estate for 10 years, described how Stephen Girard shaped America into what it is today. “Stephen Girard […]

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Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

It is no secret that Philadelphia has been marred by political scandals and corruption throughout its storied past. From the Abscam sting to the controversies surrounding Mayor Street’s administration, from Vince Fumo’s conviction to current allegations against State Senator Larry Farnese and Congressman Chaka Fattah, the city of Philadelphia does not have a great record when it comes to government […]

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Brewerytown: David Waxman, MM Partners Building up Brewerytown

Brewerytown: David Waxman, MM Partners Building up Brewerytown

Historically, business in Brewerytown has had its ups and downs. The arrival of prohibition in America shut down its booming breweries and distilleries, but industry survived into the mid 1900s. By the 1980s, jobs disappeared and the neighborhood suffered. Today, there is a slow resurgence of businesses, mostly on Girard Avenue. David Waxman, along with his […]

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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: Planting Seeds For Youth to Help Clean Up Streets

West Oak Lane: Planting Seeds For Youth to Help Clean Up Streets

On the corners of many streets in neighborhoods throughout the city, there is trash and other debris strewn around. Events like the annual city-wide spring cleanup day were created to help keep streets clean and also teach kids that they should be keeping their neighborhoods in the best conditions possible. For parents, having their children alongside them […]

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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 […]

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Somerton: Looking Back, Byberry “Got Twisted Along The Way”

Somerton: Looking Back, Byberry “Got Twisted Along The Way”

It has been a decade since the 2006 demolition of much of what was once the Philadelphia State Hospital, more commonly known as Byberry. The mental health institution, established in 1906, quickly found itself in constant battle for funding among the city of Philadelphia, the state and the hospital’s staff — all, many said, at […]

 

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 […]

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South Philadelphia: Where Old Meets New

South Philadelphia: Where Old Meets New

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and Vincent Iannelli is working in the back of his bakery on Passyunk Avenue. Iannelli, 29, wears a sauce-smudged cooking apron and a baseball cap atop his dark, slicked-back hair. He takes his time while he pours homemade red gravy across freshly-rolled dough, scoops it onto a wooden paddle and into […]