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Tacony: Businessman, Civic Leader Improving The Community In This Life And The Next

Tacony: Businessman, Civic Leader Improving The Community In This Life And The Next

Every time Joseph Sannutti steps outside his funeral home at 7101 Torresdale Ave., he stops and spends time talking with neighbors, colleagues and fellow Tacony residents. He seems to know everyone in the neighborhood. Sannutti is active member of the community both as a businessman and as a volunteer with the Tacony Civic Association. How […]

 

How To: Start A Registered Community Organization (RCO)

How To: Start A Registered Community Organization (RCO)

A few years ago, City Council established new qualifications for community organizations that wish to be part of development decisions in their area. Registered Community Organizations (RCO) are formal groups of community members that weigh in on the physical development of their neighborhood, from community gardens to zoning issues. When a developer wants to build […]

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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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Chinatown: Stakeholders Tackle Crucial Development Questions As Neighborhood Grows

Chinatown: Stakeholders Tackle Crucial Development Questions As Neighborhood Grows

The story of Philadelphia’s Chinatown isn’t unique. But the history of this city’s Asian immigrant- and Asian-American home is, for residents, what makes it stand out from other stories of gentrification. Historically, Chinatowns have grown in abandoned urban neighborhoods, unwanted for things other than industrial business. In Philadelphia, this part of town – called Chinatown […]

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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 […]

 

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: Officials Weigh Competing Proposals for Development at Parking Lot Site

Chinatown: Officials Weigh Competing Proposals for Development at Parking Lot Site

Cecilia Yep has served the Chinatown community for decades. As one of the founders of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., she has fought what she considers intrusive development, including a proposed stadium near the Vine Street Expressway and Chinatown’s northern border. And on March 6, in a overflowing meeting room at 1234 Market St., Yep […]

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Point Breeze: Redevelopment Brings Residents To The Table

Point Breeze: Redevelopment Brings Residents To The Table

In August, the group formally known as Newbold Neighbors Association took a leap in creating inclusivity in the Point Breeze community. The civic association that serves the area between 18th and Broad Streets and Washington and Passyunk Avenues chose to rename their organization to the East Point Breeze Neighbors (EPBN), to acknowledge the history of […]

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South Philadelphia: Q&A with Peter Zutter, President of South Broad Street Neighborhood Association

South Philadelphia: Q&A with Peter Zutter, President of South Broad Street Neighborhood Association

Peter Zutter, a longtime resident of South Broad Street and president of the South Broad Street Neighborhood Association, has seen his neighborhood go through many different changes in zoning, density and makeup of population. The association is the registered community organization, or RCO, for the boundaries of Washington Avenue to Oregon Avenue and 13th Street […]

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Chestnut Hill: Group Focuses On New Ideas To Improve Community Life

Chestnut Hill: Group Focuses On New Ideas To Improve Community Life

Ryan Rosenbaum cares deeply about the community of Chestnut Hill and is working to improve the future of the neighborhood. He has held the position of executive director of the Chestnut Hill Community Association for 10 months now, and he said it is one of the joys of his career because he likes incorporating new ideas into […]

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