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Queen Village: Five Can’t-Miss Places Around South Street

Queen Village: Five Can’t-Miss Places Around South Street

South Street, which serves as the northern border for Queen Village, Hawthorne and Bella Vista, is an urban melting pot. Located just southeast of Center City, the corridor has a unique edge and several can’t-miss places to eat in the area.   Jim’s Steaks Ah, the classic Philadelphia cheesesteak. That’s what this city is known for! […]

 

Bella Vista: Community Blossoms With Help from Charles Santore Library

Bella Vista: Community Blossoms With Help from Charles Santore Library

The Charles Santore Library’s exterior looks like your typical municipal building — it has white walls and an architectural style that was making waves in the 1950s and 60s. In the diverse and lively neighborhood of Bella Vista, the building may appear dull to some, but for those who have experienced the programs and the people […]

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Bella Vista: Chef Georgeann Leaming ‘Chopped’ Her Way to Success in Philadelphia

Bella Vista: Chef Georgeann Leaming ‘Chopped’ Her Way to Success in Philadelphia

Working in a professional kitchen is a career path that can be unforgiving. Enrolling in culinary school and finding a good job in the industry is anything but straightforward. Throw a newborn child into the mix and that makes things even more challenging. Georgeann Leaming knows this from personal experience. She entered culinary school at age 23 and gave birth […]

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Queen Village/Bella Vista/Hawthorne: Five Great Parks

Queen Village/Bella Vista/Hawthorne: Five Great Parks

Where does one go when all the popular and well-known parks in the city like Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square are too crowded? Head South. In the Queen Village, Bella Vista and Hawthorne area of South Philadelphia, there are a variety of great parks to choose from. Many people go to these parks to relax, walk […]

 

South Philadelphia: Influx of Youth, Dwindling Faith and a Shifting Cultural Melting Pot

South Philadelphia: Influx of Youth, Dwindling Faith and a Shifting Cultural Melting Pot

The idea of South Philadelphia generates several common images of cheesesteaks, rabid sports fans and scenes of Rocky Balboa running through the Italian Market. The South Philadelphia area, particularly east of Broad Street, had been one of the most popular landing spots for Italian immigrants moving to Philadelphia in the 19th and 20th centuries. The […]

 

South Philadelphia: Five Relics With A New Future

South Philadelphia: Five Relics With A New Future

The various neighborhoods of South Philadelphia are engraved with rich history, whether it be the earliest churches in the country or the traces of an old company. Either way, this history has left behind an increasing number of abandoned and demolished buildings scattered throughout the neighborhoods. In order to accommodate with the ever growing population […]

 

Bella Vista: Five Beautiful Sights

Bella Vista: Five Beautiful Sights

Bella Vista, Italian for “beautiful sight,” is full of just that – beautiful sights. Settled by Italian immigrants, the neighborhood eventually welcomed more cultures creating a unique and diverse space full of both modern and traditional beautiful places.   The Fleisher Art Memorial  Originally founded by Samuel S. Fleisher, the building located at 719 Catharine […]

 By Yotam Dror

Bella Vista: Young Artists at the Fleisher Art Memorial

A Hundred Year Idea Sitting on Catharine Street in Bella Vista, the Fleisher Art Memorial building has hosted different arts for over one hundred years. Originally the Graphics Sketch Club was for lower-income students, today the building continues to offer art classes for members of the surrounding community. “The classes are very rigorous, much like […]

 By Danielle Maslany and Yotam Dror

Bella Vista: Moving Forward with Mildred Court

Bella Vista: Moving Forward with Mildred Court

As gentrification sweeps the city of Philadelphia, current residents provided their concerns toward new developments in the Bella Vista neighborhood. On June 11th, members of the community met with the neighborhood zoning committee, project developer U.S. Construction Incorporated and architects from JKR Partners at the Palumbo Recreation Center on 10th & Fitzwater streets to discuss […]

 By Matthew E. Graves

South Philadelphia: Diversity Helps Communities Grow Closer

South Philadelphia: Diversity Helps Communities Grow Closer

[vimeo 45153781] South Philadelphia is one of the most culturally and economically diverse regions of the city, but that has not stopped its residents from forming tight-knit communities. “South Philadelphia used to be one big neighborhood called Southwark, which was primarily populated by white immigrants,” said Charles Gottesman, a 12-year resident of the area. “But, over […]