Sustainability

 

Hunting Park: Esperanza’s Gabriella Gabriel Paez Uses Trees To Connect Community

Hunting Park: Esperanza’s Gabriella Gabriel Paez Uses Trees To Connect Community

On the blacktop next to McClure Elementary School, Gabriella Gabriel Paez (above) stood in front of what looked like a forest-in-the-making — rows of short and sparse baby trees in planters. She gave them out, free of charge, to families as they left parent-teacher conference night at the school. Gabriel Paez organized the yard tree […]

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Hunting Park: Community Members Discuss Solutions to Neighborhood’s High Heat

Hunting Park: Community Members Discuss Solutions to Neighborhood’s High Heat

Hunting Park residents and city officials discussed heat-related issues and solutions at the “Beat the Heat” design workshop on Oct. 18 at Esperanza’s headquarters, located at 4261 N. Fifth St. Esperanza is a nonprofit organization that aims to strengthen the Hispanic community in Hunting Park through education, economic development and advocacy. The Office of Sustainability’s […]

 

Old City: Painted Bride Arts Center Is Committed To Creating A New Mission For The Community

Old City: Painted Bride Arts Center Is Committed To Creating A New Mission For The Community

Although the beloved, mosaic-covered structure in Old City will not be getting a historic designation, The Painted Bride is making new plans. The art center’s executive director, Laurel Raczka, is seeking new ways to sustain the center at 230 Vine St. and broaden its existing audience. Raczka said the property will go up for sale […]

 

Mifflin Square: Keith Mui Helps Make Room For All In Mifflin Square Park Renovation

Mifflin Square: Keith Mui Helps Make Room For All In Mifflin Square Park Renovation

Since November 2016, SEAMAAC has partnered with other organizations that work with Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee populations to rebuild Mifflin Square Park, located in South Philadelphia at Sixth and Wolf streets. In collaboration with organizations like the Bhutanese American Organization, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, SEAMAAC developed a park renovation […]

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Food: Five Community Gardens Enriching Philadelphia

Food: Five Community Gardens Enriching Philadelphia

Community gardens are spreading like weeds throughout Philadelphia. These beautiful green spaces ensure sustainable, fresh produce in a concrete jungle and provide a refreshing feel to a metropolitan area. Not only do these open spaces equip their communities with healthy food options, they also improve the daily quality of people’s lives and give them opportunities […]

 

Nicetown: Community Involvement is Key to Accomplishing Zero Waste and Litter

Nicetown: Community Involvement is Key to Accomplishing Zero Waste and Litter

Philadelphia isn’t disparagingly called Filthadelphia for no reason: Cans, bottles, bags, take-out boxes and other types of trash are ubiquitous on the streets of Philly. But following on Mayor Jim Kenny’s executive order in 2016 creating the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, the city is beginning to discover some ways Philadelphia might eventually kick that […]

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South Philadelphia: Co-op President Advances Local Food Access

South Philadelphia: Co-op President Advances Local Food Access

Jessica Calter, a South Philadelphia resident, is inspired by her neighbors’ willingness to come together to solve problems in the neighborhood — including access to local, healthy foods. Calter is the president of the South Philly Food Co-op, a cooperative that is currently working to open a grocery store at 2031 S. Juniper St. How did you […]

 

PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com Magazine

PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com Magazine

In the summer of 2017, through a generous donation from Lew and Janet Klein, PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com invited five former students (Jonathan Ginsburg, Jared Phillips, Ramona Roberts, Brianna Spause and Bob Stewart) to participate in a fellowship program to continue reporting throughout the summer. Each week we posted stories online about the happenings of particular neighborhoods from […]

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East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

Even in the increasingly solitary digital age, people still often feel the need for community in their lives. In Philadelphia and cities across the country, green spaces of all shapes and sizes can fulfill that need. “People like a place to congregate,” said City Councilman Mark Squilla, whose District 1 encompasses East Kensington. “If you […]

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Spruce Hill: Greensgrow Urban Farm Talks Food Insecurity And Community

Spruce Hill: Greensgrow Urban Farm Talks Food Insecurity And Community

Greensgrow Farm was created to bring fresh, locally-grown produce to Philadelphia. Today, two locations and mobile markets (in Fishtown and West Philadelphia) provide fruits, vegetables, flowers and a sense of community across the city. The urban farm located at 5123 Baltimore Ave. seeks to raise awareness of the necessity of wholesome agricultural practices, as well […]

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