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Kensington: Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Connects With The Community

Kensington: Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Connects With The Community

Walking down Master Street in Kensington, it’s almost impossible to miss the Crane Arts building. Located in front of the building, two light brown doors lead to the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, a space that provides the community with tools and exhibits to expand their knowledge of photography. It wasn’t that long ago – six years to […]

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North Central: Lynn Dorwaldt Uncovers History at the Wagner Institute

North Central: Lynn Dorwaldt Uncovers History at the Wagner Institute

Lynn Dorwaldt has always loved puzzles. “Word puzzles, crossword puzzles, logic puzzles,” she said. “I love the journey of trying to find the answer to something.” Dorwaldt, the librarian at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, sees her work as a big, giant puzzle. “When you’re researching history, it’s never like, ‘Oh, there’s the answer,’ […]

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South Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital And City Combine For A ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Community Health And Literacy Center

South Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital And City Combine For A ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Community Health And Literacy Center

In 2012 plans for a large, conglomerate project between the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia started to take shape after the realization that the needs of city residents were outgrowing provided facilities. Four years later that same conversation had amassed to the development of a tangible 94,000 square foot construction site […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Q&A with Lawrence Battle

Strawberry Mansion: Q&A with Lawrence Battle

Lawrence Battle, a Strawberry Mansion native, has been volunteering at the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center (SMNAC) for more than two years. The center is one of more than 50 KEYSPOTS in the city dedicated to offering free Internet access and helping community residents learn how to use a computer. The SMNAC has 18 computers, […]

 

Technically Philly: The Passion Behind EvoXLabs

Technically Philly: The Passion Behind EvoXLabs

After suffering from a spinal cord injury as result of a car accident in 2013, Ather Sharif began his Spinal Cord Injury Blog soon after to motivate people in a similar situation to move forward. Sharif, a web developer for nearly 10 years, said he learned more about the things that limit those with disabilities […]

 

Northwest: Free Library of Philadelphia Leads Community

Northwest:  Free Library of Philadelphia Leads Community

We spoke with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Northwest Area Coordinator Jeff Bullard, and Andorra Branch Librarian JoAnne Woods about how the Free Library serves the community in the Northwest, and also in what ways the library is changing in the present and future. How long have you guys been with the Free Library? JoAnne:I […]

 

Technically Philly: DroneCast, The Flying Advertising Company That’s Shaking Things Up

Technically Philly: DroneCast, The Flying Advertising Company That’s Shaking Things Up

For 19-year-old Raj Singh, disrupting the norms of advertising is the name of the game. Singh, whose first name is really GauravJit but goes by Raj, came up with the disruption when he had the idea to attach a banner advertisement to unmanned aircraft systems. He calls it DroneCast. “When we first started my biggest fear […]

 

Hunting Park: A New Way to Educate

Hunting Park: A New Way to Educate

Daivin Rivera was a victim of bullying for seven months before his parents found out. A truancy letter stating he had missed eight days of school arrived in the mail, driving his parents to ask Daivin about his absences. To avoid feeling that he didn’t fit in and being bullied, he stayed home. The social […]

 

Technology: Code For Philly is Not Just for Coders

Technology: Code For Philly is Not Just for Coders

Under their parent company, Code for America, the Philly subgroup Code for Philly is a conglomerate of coders, organizers and developers that work within the Philadelphia area to help with personal and government projects. Founded in January of 2011, the group looks to bring openness and transparency to to more areas of government through civic hacking. Their goal is […]

 

Technology: Why These Penn Kids Dropped Out to Build a Social Networking App

Technology: Why These Penn Kids Dropped Out to Build a Social Networking App

Four University of Pennsylvania students took the year off to promote their mobile application. Michael Powell, Matt Wojcieszek, Adam Elkassas and Arjun Raj Jain all have taken the year off to launch their app, Down to Chill. “Down to Chill simply put is a way to see when your friends are free and a way […]