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Hunting Park: Community Leaders Working Tirelessly To End Stereotypes Surrounding The Community

Hunting Park: Community Leaders Working Tirelessly To End Stereotypes Surrounding The Community

Cracked sidewalk pavement, dilapidated housing and trash are common sights to new visitors to the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and leave an impression of a community that seems to be on down times. Hunting Park has struggled to combat the crime and drug epidemics that have surrounded the community. Recently, steps have been taken to […]

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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 […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Budget Cuts To NEA Affect Public Arts Programing In Philadelphia

Arts & Entertainment: Budget Cuts To NEA Affect Public Arts Programing In Philadelphia

Celeste DiNucci remembers exactly where she was and what she was doing during the early hours of morning when she and the rest of the public arts world found out that President Donald Trump announced his 2018 fiscal year Budget Blueprint plan, which proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). “I remember […]

 

University City: Medical Students Preserve Cuban Dance and Culture

University City: Medical Students Preserve Cuban Dance and Culture

Two University of Pennsylvania medical students are committed to promoting the traditional Cuban dance scene, which is hard to find compared to the salsa dancing and twerking usually seen on the dance floors of Philadelphia.  Michael Huang and Leilani Chirino teach Cuban dance at World Cafe Live as well as at Penn for anyone who wants to […]

 

Gayborhood: Bearlesque Performance Group Promotes Body Positivity

Gayborhood: Bearlesque Performance Group Promotes Body Positivity

Bearlesque is a body-positive, gender-inclusive burlesque performance group featuring people of all sexualities. The organization was created in 2014 by Josh Schonewolf and Connor Michalchuk as a one-off show for ‘bears,’ a slang term in the LGBTQ community for larger, hairier, more masculine gay men. The more Michalchuk and Schonewolf discussed their ideas, the more […]

 

Hunting Park: Black Diamond Dance Troupe Prepares Girls For Healthy Futures Through Dance and Mentoring

Hunting Park: Black Diamond Dance Troupe Prepares Girls For Healthy Futures Through Dance and Mentoring

Hip-Hop music played loudly at the Hunting Park Recreation Center, where a group of young girls smiled with joy as they began preparation for their next performance. The Black Diamond Dance Troupe was founded two years ago by Camisha Moyer, Shana Bowman and Kishna Jeantine, who serve as the dance coaches for the troupe. The […]

 

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Young children and their guardians watched as a big blue, red and white volleyball went back and forth over a volleyball net which signified the beginning of another family fit class at the Esperanza Center on 4417 N. 6th St. in Hunting Park. The children and their parents smiled as they began the 90 minute session that […]

 

Center City West: Area Building Boom Includes High-Rise Hotels, Condos

Center City West: Area Building Boom Includes High-Rise Hotels, Condos

David Ertz peered out his office window at the evolving Center City skyline he is helping to create. “It is kind of remarkable, what’s going on,” said Ertz, a partner and design architect at Cope Linder Architects, located at Market and 17th streets. The firm has designed buildings in the neighborhood like 1706 Rittenhouse Square […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

The proposed expansion of the Engine 37 firehouse (above) in Chestnut Hill remains a burning topic in the local community as steps are being taken to allow the 123-year old station to remain functional yet historically accurate. Located at 101 West Highland Ave. in the heart of Philadelphia’s “Garden District,” the Engine 37 firehouse is the […]

 

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 […]