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Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

For generations, Philadelphia has been a city of residents and commuters, creating a diverse city with a bustling downtown district and thriving satellite commercial centers connected by the original grid of surface streets and the newer web of interstates and expressways. Trains snake through hidden cuts in the city as buses trudge up and down […]

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South Philadelphia: Delaware River Deepening, Port Expansion Creates Concerns

South Philadelphia: Delaware River Deepening, Port Expansion Creates Concerns

As the fifth largest seaport in the United States, the port of Philadelphia and its many active facilities along the Delaware River are key contributors to the city, region and nation’s economic growth. “The regional port contributes about $7.5 billion per year and 135,000 direct and indirect jobs,” said Dennis Rockford of The Maritime Exchange […]

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North Philadelphia: Infrastructure of The Internet Highlights Digital Divide

North Philadelphia: Infrastructure of The Internet Highlights Digital Divide

Just a few feet beneath every Philadelphian exists a web of veins responsible for carrying precious information, like the oxygen carried by our blood, to and from the city.  Just as oxygen is needed by our brains to function, information, best characterized as communications, are needed by Philadelphia’s residents, government and businesses. Unlike the mast […]

 

Kensington: Program Seeks To Empower Businesses In American Street Corridor

Kensington: Program Seeks To Empower Businesses In American Street Corridor

The American Street Empowerment Zone is all about facilitating job creation and economic development for Kensington – two things that aren’t easy and require diligence and patience. “It takes time. Economic development doesn’t happen overnight,” said Aiisha Herring, director of economic development zones for the city Commerce Department. “Some people moving to these places think it […]

 

Sharswood: Proposed Transformation Of Struggling Neighborhood Raises Concerns, Hope

Sharswood: Proposed Transformation Of Struggling Neighborhood Raises Concerns, Hope

Talmadge Belo narrowed his eyes under the shadow of his baseball cap, his gaze zeroed in on something across the street. “That used to be the nicest house on the block,” said Belo, the vice president of the Brewerytown-Sharswood Civic Association. But that house is boarded up now. A torn mattress tumbled out the back […]

 

Graduate Hospital: Local Neighborhood Organizations Are Making Sure You’ll Love It Here

Graduate Hospital: Local Neighborhood Organizations Are Making Sure You’ll Love It Here

A community is only as good as its people allow it to be, and the folks living west of Broad on South Street have taken this notion to heart. Both the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) and the South Street West Business Association (SSWBA) are extremely active in the area around Graduate Hospital, with […]

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South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

At first glance, it looks like a weed. Chin Baung, a slender, leafy plant with a sour taste, isn’t native to South Philadelphia. But come spring, Chin Baung thrives in three small gardens near 8th and Emily streets. The plots where it grows belong to Growing Home Gardens, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower […]

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Graduate Hospital: South Street Urbanist Marcus Ferreira Fosters Sense of Community

Graduate Hospital: South Street Urbanist Marcus Ferreira Fosters Sense of Community

By day, Marcus Ferreira works as an attorney — but his true passion is with his work outside of his day job. As a member of numerous committees and an active advocate for positive urban developments in Philadelphia, Ferreira has helped to foster the community of South Street West and Graduate Hospital with everything from the creation of a […]

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Sharswood: Civic Association Trying to Navigate Redevelopment

Sharswood: Civic Association Trying to Navigate Redevelopment

Warren McMichael and Talmadge Belo of Sharswood say they have seen it all in terms of construction and development in their neighborhood. The lifelong residents retired from their careers in education and manufacturing, respectively, to bring as many resources they could get their hands on to their struggling streets. McMichael, the president, and Belo, the vice […]

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Frankford: “There is So Much to Do And So Little Time”

Frankford: “There is So Much to Do And So Little Time”

Christine DeJesus has been working as the Frankford Neighborhood Advisory coordinator for four years and she has a plethora of responsibilities. She cares strongly about the Frankford community, which is why she has devoted her time to supporting and assisting its residents, and working to solve the problems occurring in the area. DeJesus said the […]