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South Philadelphia: Five Places for After-Midnight Bites

South Philadelphia: Five Places for After-Midnight Bites

When people think about late night food in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, many jump immediately to the thought of Pat’s and Geno’s steaks. The west side of South Broad Street, however, is where the after-midnight munchies thrive. From sit-down restaurants and bars to casual late night quick bites, here are five […]

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West Philadelphia: A Place to Learn About Japanese Culture

West Philadelphia: A Place to Learn About Japanese Culture

Derek Finn is the associate director of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. He started at Shofuso in 2010 after earning his bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from the University of Pennsylvania. His passion for Japanese culture kept him at Shofuso, where he started as a visitor service assistant and worked his way up to […]

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Hunting Park: Esperanza Aims to Improve Neighborhood Conditions

Hunting Park: Esperanza Aims to Improve Neighborhood Conditions

Esperanza is a faith-based community development corporation and nonprofit organization. It was founded in 1986 by the Hispanic clergy of Philadelphia. At the time, the Hispanic clergy wanted to address some of the larger problems that the community faced – access to affordable housing, access to jobs, safe communities and an education. Philip Dawson, 29, […]

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North 5th Street: Five Cuisines to Experience

North 5th Street: Five Cuisines to Experience

The North 5th Street corridor running through Feltonville and Olney is an economic driver in the community. There are more than 20 blocks with businesses ranging from furniture stores to pharmacies but above all, there are plenty of restaurants to explore. What’s most remarkable is the wide array of flavors. Some of these businesses have […]

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Juniata Park: Different But Still a Place to Appreciate

Juniata Park: Different But Still a Place to Appreciate

Residing in the heart of her neighborhood, Kate Clarke is the president of the Juniata Park Civic Association. The community-based organization meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss and mitigate community issues. How did you first get involved in Juniata Park’s community affairs? Well, I’m a lifelong resident of the neighborhood. I grew up […]

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East Kensington: Uniting Community With Arts Festival

East Kensington: Uniting Community With Arts Festival

The East Kensington Neighbors Association addresses several important issues going on in its own neighborhood every third Monday of each month at Philadelphia Brewing Company. All East Kensington residents are welcomed to attend the meetings and take part in changes being made in the community. Onias Timothy Dickson, 32, was initially summoned to attend these […]

 

West Philadelphia: Five Eclectic Coffee Shops To Fit Your Mood

West Philadelphia: Five Eclectic Coffee Shops To Fit Your Mood

West Philadelphia is blossoming as a haven for flocks of young professionals and new families who enjoy the duality of pseudo-neighborhood living paired with easy access to Center City. A few blocks west of University City and a few blocks south of Market Street, a hip and eclectic community is materializing and bringing with it […]

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Northeast: Five Cheesesteaks That Rival South Philly’s

Northeast: Five Cheesesteaks That Rival South Philly’s

South Philadelphia is not the only the neighborhood to get Philly’s famous steak sandwich. Hidden within the Northeast’s sprawling landscape of mini shopping malls you can find five cheesesteaks that rival their South Philly brethren, like, Jim’s, Geno’s, Tony Luke’s and Pat’s. Wit Or Witout Named the best cheesesteak in 2009 by Philly Magazine, Wit or […]

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Powelton Village: Five Churches Supporting the Community

Powelton Village: Five Churches Supporting the Community

The Powelton Village section of West Philadelphia is known for housing a unique blend of students, artists and activists but it is also home to a rich tapestry of religious organizations. One three-block stretch of Baring Street in the heart of the neighborhood, for example, is lined with four churches and a religious student center. […]

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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 […]