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Activism: Philadelphia’s Wavering Sanctuary City Status

Activism: Philadelphia’s Wavering Sanctuary City Status

Full of culture and immigrants from around the world, Philadelphia is one of many jurisdictions that serves as a refuge for both documented and undocumented immigrants. In 2017, the United States and much of the world are facing issues in and around immigration based on — but not limited to — concerns of national security […]

 

Politics: Non-Profit Leader Puts Focus on City’s Parks, Recreation Centers

Politics: Non-Profit Leader Puts Focus on City’s Parks, Recreation Centers

Philadelphia Parks Alliance, the city’s primary non-profit organization advocating for parks and recreation since 1983, has new leadership — and with it, a new view on the city’s recreation centers. “[The main goal of Philadelphia Parks Alliance] is to create great public spaces throughout the city, public spaces that our residents can continue to use for years to […]

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South Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital And City Combine For A ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Community Health And Literacy Center

South Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital And City Combine For A ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Community Health And Literacy Center

In 2012 plans for a large, conglomerate project between the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia started to take shape after the realization that the needs of city residents were outgrowing provided facilities. Four years later that same conversation had amassed to the development of a tangible 94,000 square foot construction site […]

 

Fishtown: FNA Brings Artists and Community Together to ‘Feed the Fish’

Fishtown: FNA Brings Artists and Community Together to ‘Feed the Fish’

The prominent Fishtown art scene has just taken a new role in engaging local residents and utilizing a green approach for a better community through the neighborhood’s very own mascot: a fish. Throughout Fishtown, people will start to see eccentric fish head topped trashcans popping up left and right on every street corner. These trash-gobbling […]

 

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 […]

 

Amateur Sports: Decades of Dedication for Dave McCarty

Amateur Sports: Decades of Dedication for Dave McCarty

Trying something new on impulse led Dave McCarty (above) to one of his biggest passions: coaching children and adults with intellectual disabilities for the Special Olympics. That was nearly three decades ago. Today, McCarty continues to devote his free time to these athletes–helping them achieve their full potential, both physically and mentally. How and when […]

 

Port Richmond: 95 Revive, A Beneficial Long-term Project Causing Short-term Problems

Port Richmond: 95 Revive, A Beneficial Long-term Project Causing Short-term Problems

It’s called 95 Revive, a project currently being conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The plans involve improving and rebuilding I-95, its bridges and interchanges. A major sector of the project includes reconstructing and relocating Richmond Street, a main corridor through Port Richmond. “We’re widening Richmond Street about 60 feet to the east,” said […]

 

Fairhill: Efrain Diaz Has a Plan to Take on Drug Addiction

Fairhill: Efrain Diaz Has a Plan to Take on Drug Addiction

Efrain Diaz had a bad addiction, a heroin addiction. “I lost my family. I lost my wife,” said the 58-year-old. Yet for the past 30 years, Diaz has been helping people overcome their addictions. This one-time addict is now the pastor of Alcance Victoria church. Pastor Diaz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He […]

 

Technically Philly: GitHub an Ideal Platform for City’s Open Data

Technically Philly: GitHub an Ideal Platform for City’s Open Data

Since he took up the position of the City of Philadelphia’s chief data officer in late 2012, Mark Headd has pushed for the city to release its data on GitHub, the popular software sharing and collaboration platform. GitHub has become home base for the city’s open data initiative. Many of the City’s public GitHub repositories […]

 By Christine Fisher

North Philadelphia: Philadelphia Housing Authority Auction Upsets Residents

North Philadelphia: Philadelphia Housing Authority Auction Upsets Residents

Betsy Esteves was surprised to see the empty lot next to her home on North Third Street–a lot she fenced off, planted grass on, did some minor gardening in and has been struggling to purchase from the Philadelphia Housing Authority for years–among 400 properties listed for auction on Nov. 16. She was even more surprised […]