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 By Maureen Costello

The Peek-a-boo Revue: Philadelphia’s Neo-Burlesque Troupe

The Peek-a-boo Revue: Philadelphia’s Neo-Burlesque Troupe

There’s a certain connotation that comes with the term burlesque and what exactly that can mean. In the early 1900s, it was as simple as a strip tease or a lewd comedic performance. But the modern era holds the true definition of burlesque to a higher standard. Down off the corner of 15th and Brandywine […]

 By Rachel Hooper

Philadelphia Parking: Feeding the Meter Smartly

Philadelphia Parking: Feeding the Meter Smartly

If you park on the streets in Center City, there are two ways to feed the meter. You can drop in a hand full of quarters, or you can pay with a plastic Smart Card. The card is “smart” because varying amounts of money can be used and it will not add more than the […]

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Germantown: Historic House Tells Story of Freedom

Germantown: Historic House Tells Story of Freedom

As America celebrates Black History Month one historic house’s story offers lessons in community and diversity that still hold relevance today. Built in 1768 by John Johnson, the Johnson House was the home to generations of the family from 1770 to 1908, according to tour guide Jim Crichton. In the 1850s, the family used their home as a […]

 By Lauren Gordon

Philadelphia: The Tough Side of the Music Scene

Philadelphia: The Tough Side of the Music Scene

For Philadelphia, the local alternative rock music scene has been an evolving, emotional roller coaster for its artists and audiences. Over the past two decades, local original talent has been accused of fading into the background, which has made way for club remixes and dance DJs.  While the blame cannot be laid upon one major […]

 By Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

The opening of the Germantown “White House,” which emphasizes the role of African-American slaves in President George Washington’s Philadelphia home, has created a controversy about who should tell the story. At a discussion and lecture on Thursday at Cliveden of the National Trust,  entitled, “Questions in Black History,” it was clear many Germantown residents are […]

 By Anna Hyclak

Northern Liberties: Small Businesses Coping with Recession

Northern Liberties: Small Businesses Coping with Recession

The buzz surrounding the project helped attract a diverse group of more than 30 small businesses to the Piazza’s commercial space, including restaurants, galleries, boutiques and a record store. But when the Piazza finally opened on May 16, 2009, Philadelphia was in the heat of a recession. The unemployment rate soared to a staggering 10 […]

 By Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi

North Philadelphia: Library Computers Back Online After Theft

North Philadelphia: Library Computers Back Online After Theft

The Cecil B. Moore Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s recently stolen computers were replaced quickly due in large part to public outcry.  The library’s information technology department provided older, unused monitors and computers so that the community’s resource could be restored as soon as possible. “The computers actually still have floppy drives on […]

 By Christanna Ciabattoni

South Philadelphia: Local Boutique Sells Shoes for Haiti

South Philadelphia: Local Boutique Sells Shoes for Haiti

Elena Brennan would watch the CNN news and cry. “I felt like I needed to do something to help all those poor people that are struggling [in Haiti],” said Brennan, owner of Bus Stop Boutique, a shoe store located on Philadelphia’s Fabric Row. She decided that the best way she could help was to sell […]

 By Stephen Zook

Mayfair: A Neighborhood’s Hope for its Children

Mayfair: A Neighborhood’s Hope for its Children

The Mayfair Memorial Park – chained shut, empty and littered – doesn’t appear to be anything more than the reputation it has in Mayfair – a place for teenagers to get into trouble. The Mayfair Civic Association hopes to transform the small park, dedicated to fallen firefighter John Redmond, into a family playground. One major […]

 By Charlie Lange

Fairhill/Kensington: Innovative Food Center Helps City’s Hungriest

Fairhill/Kensington: Innovative Food Center Helps City’s Hungriest

Few  American cities display more tangible signs of poverty than Philadelphia. For most, though, the idea of going hungry is almost unthinkable. Unfortunately, hunger does happen. A survey released last week by the Food Research and Action Committee named Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, which includes parts of North and South Philadelphia, the second-hungriest region in […]