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Point Breeze: Urban Farmer Shares His Craft With Community

Point Breeze: Urban Farmer Shares His Craft With Community

Twenty-seven-year-old Atiba Ellerby is a part-time barista and full-time urban farmer. When he’s not making coffee at The Pharmacy, a coffee shop in Point Breeze, he is tending to gardens throughout the city. Farming is a craft he learned 14 years ago through the Urban Nutrition Initiative. How do you feel you impact your community? […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: Urban Farms Work to Take Back the Land

[vimeo 92712823] Urban farms all over Philadelphia indicate that many people in the city seek control over the produce and livestock they eat. The concept behind this control is food sovereignty, which asserts that local communities have the right to democratically decide where their food comes from, how it is grown and who profits from […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: Revitalizing the Schuylkill by Bartram’s Garden

Southwest Philadelphia: Revitalizing the Schuylkill by Bartram’s Garden

Over the summer, Bartram’s Garden hosted a meeting to get community feedback on the Bartram’s Mile, a stretch of trail that would connect Bartram’s to the Schuylkill River Trail that currently ends around South Street. They used the opportunity to reach out and find other ways to connect the people in the community to the […]

 

The Waterfront: Five People Making a Difference

The Waterfront: Five People Making a Difference

People from across the city are constantly working towards making the Schuylkill and Delaware waterfronts better for Philadelphia. From revitalizing the rivers themselves to improving the green spaces around them, here are five people making a difference on the Philadelphia waterfronts. Justin DiBerardinis Justin DiBerardinis (above), who works in community outreach at Bartram’s Garden, is […]

 

Old City: Coffee and Cleanups at United By Blue

Old City: Coffee and Cleanups at United By Blue

United By Blue is a clothing store and café that focuses on keeping oceans and waterways clean and beautiful through community cleanups and sustainable business practices. While the storefront officially opened in the fall of 2013, the company has been operating since 2010, hosting 102 cleanups across 21 states. While these outdoor events have helped […]

 

Southwest Philly: 5 People Making a Difference

Southwest Philly: 5 People Making a Difference

Though residents of Southwest Philadelphia deal with tough issues like urban blight, gun violence and food deserts, individuals and organizations are working to improve the neighborhoods. Dozens of community churches and daycare centers line the streets, and four recreation centers are spread throughout the area. These people – a pastor, a gardener, two recreation center […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: UC Green Plants Trees and Hope

[vimeo 89486763] Southwest Philadelphia either contains or is directly surrounded by almost 1,200 acres of preserved natural land. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, west of the Eastwick neighborhood, takes up 1,000 acres. Mt. Moriah Cemetery, about four miles north of the Heinz Refuge, spans 100 acres (the other 100 acres of the […]

 

Southwest Philadelphia: Five People You Should Know

Southwest Philadelphia’s ethnic, racial, and cultural landscape has transformed in the past 25 years. From 1990-2010, the white population in the Elmwood neighborhood decreased from about 21,000 to 2,500, while the African-American population rose from 6,500 to 29,100, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition, Elmwood’s Asian population rose by 1,200 in the same period, which […]

 

Southwest Philly: Five Places to Know

Southwest Philly: Five Places to Know

Southwest Philadelphia claims the city area from Baltimore Avenue south to the airport, and from the Schuylkill River west to Cobbs Creek. Its three primary neighborhoods from north to south are Kingsessing, Elmwood Park and Eastwick. Though some point out its urban blight, this area is filled with great restaurants and fascinating residents from all […]

 By Nicole Soll and Jesse Bellosi

The Philadelphia Waterfront: Five Historic Places You Need To Know

The Philadelphia Waterfront: Five Historic Places You Need To Know

Philadelphia is filled with history and plenty of that can be found on its waterfronts. Both the Delaware and the Schuylkill rivers are lined with firsts in the United States including the first shipyard and the first botanical garden. Here are five places any local history buff should be sure to check out. Philadelphia Navy […]