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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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Old City: Job Itzkowitz and Old City District are Maintaining Historic Features, While Adapting for the Future

Old City: Job Itzkowitz and Old City District are Maintaining Historic Features, While Adapting for the Future

On the surface, Old City may seem like a neighborhood free of problems. It has a booming commercial district and it sits adjacent to Independence Mall, one of the busiest tourist areas in the city. In actuality, Old City residents and business owners still face hurdles in the process of developing and redeveloping the oldest neighborhood […]

 

Waterfront: Pier by Pier, Delaware River Group Aims to Make Philly Greener

Waterfront: Pier by Pier, Delaware River Group Aims to Make Philly Greener

If you manage to avoid sliding down the soggy slope that separates Wal-Mart from the uninviting, trash-ridden space that is Pier 68 in South Philadelphia, you’ll see a sign of things to come. Nestled between signs warning of danger, video surveillance and prosecution for trespassing, is a sign promising something better in the future. “Coming […]

 

Waterfront: Church Group Maintains Mission to Help Visiting Seamen

Waterfront: Church Group Maintains Mission to Help Visiting Seamen

A nonprofit nearly two centuries old is still working hard to serve the men who come into one of the world’s largest freshwater ports. The Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey has made it their mission since their founding in 1843 to serve the well-being and religious needs of seafarers coming from anywhere […]

 

Waterfront: Foreign Seafarers Get Warm Greeting in Philly After Long Voyages

Waterfront: Foreign Seafarers Get Warm Greeting in Philly After Long Voyages

The Rickmers Seoul ship is just one of the many ships to dock at the Tioga Marine Terminal on the Delaware River in any given week. Nearly 92 percent of these ships are visited by someone from the 171-year-old Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia. The Seamen’s Church Institute visits about 40 to 50 ships a […]

 

Old City: Beer Lovers Work to Bring Back the Art of Brewing

Old City: Beer Lovers Work to Bring Back the Art of Brewing

Philadelphia’s economy thrives off of tourism and service industries and now the city is highly known for its love of craft beer. The most popular event is always Philly Beer Week, which brings in approximately $16 million directly to Philadelphia. In spring 2016, the city will host the World Beer Cup, a global event that calls itself “the […]

 

Waterfront: Mobile, Risk-Taking Chef Offers Unusual Barbecue Style

Waterfront: Mobile, Risk-Taking Chef Offers Unusual Barbecue Style

The Guerrilla Ultima food truck mixes different cultures into a unique BBQ style. It’s located right outside of Yards Brewing Co. at 901 N. Delaware Ave., every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The owner of the truck, chef Robert Legget (above, right), is a well-traveled chef who combines Asian, Mexican, Italian and Latino food into […]

 

Waterfront: Conrad Benner Explores Philly to Expose Art in Unexpected Spaces

Waterfront: Conrad Benner Explores Philly to Expose Art in Unexpected Spaces

Arms outstretched, Conrad Benner leaned out over the silver railing that separated the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk from the water below. Adjusting the frame of his camera to fit the distant Philadelphia skyline, the 29-year-old held, snapped and nodded. Part of Benner’s grind as founder and editor of street art blog StreetsDept.com is sharing his perspective […]

 

Waterfront: For Artisans, Manayunk’s Venice Island Delivers In Debut

Waterfront: For Artisans, Manayunk’s Venice Island Delivers In Debut

Years of planning and hard work went into the creation of the newly opened Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk. An outdoor craft market of about 60 start-ups, home businesses and other do-it-yourself ventures, Philly Mart operates on the grounds of the $45 million project. “We look for vendors that are unique and maybe haven’t done […]

 

Waterfront: Facelift Coming for Penn Treaty Park

Waterfront: Facelift Coming for Penn Treaty Park

Penn Treaty Park has a soggy secret. Parents who chase their children through the playground after a heavy dose of rain know all about it. “After a good day’s worth of rain, we know we’re going to be cleaning the mud off his sneakers later,” said Brooke Smith, shooting a motherly glance toward her son, […]

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