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Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

From Pope Francis’ visit in September 2015 to the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, Philadelphia has recently seen an increased number of tourists flock to the City of Brotherly Love. Each year, the city has seen a recent surge in visitors year over year, according to Visit Philadelphia. In 2015, the city had a total of 41 million […]

 

Brewerytown: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors Through Public Funding

Brewerytown: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors Through Public Funding

When you walk around Fairmount and Girard avenues, you might begin to notice local businesses receiving a facelift. The facades of some local businesses have been assisted in their transformations with help from a city-run program called the Storefront Improvement Program, or SIP for short. The SIP was founded back in 2009 by the city’s […]

 

Fairmount: Despite Humble Roots, Arts Crawl Still Going Strong

Fairmount: Despite Humble Roots, Arts Crawl Still Going Strong

The Fairmount neighborhood was recently bombarded with local artists showcasing their most recent accomplishments. The Fairmount Arts Crawl, which allowed visitors to view and purchase artwork at participating restaurants, celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 6 from 2 to 5 p.m., by hosting food trucks, tents boasting artwork, and even a clown handing out balloons. […]

 

Fairmount: The KB Experience Helps Make Arts Crawl Possible

Fairmount: The KB Experience Helps Make Arts Crawl Possible

When Kristie Bergey first started her business 10 years ago, it was somewhat out of spite. She had spent 20 years working as a national retailer and was simply not satisfied with where she was. “I wasn’t getting where I wanted to in a corporate setting, in the time frame that I was hoping to […]

 

Fairmount: Five People Making a Difference

Fairmount: Five People Making a Difference

Community involvement is very prevalent in the Fairmount neighborhood. Being an up-and-coming area, many of the residents and business owners have different levels of experience in the neighborhood, but many agree that the residents tend to favor community interaction. 1. Bessie Dosis (above) was a part of the founding efforts of Steven’s Dry Cleaners on the […]

 

Fairmount: CDC Hopes to Revitalize Neighborhood

Tucked away in the hustle of Girard Avenue is a brightly displayed building, decorated with colorful flowers and small window designs. This office is on a mission to clean up the neighborhood and return the true beauty to the surrounding area. Fairmount Community Development Corporation serves the Brewerytown and Fairmount neighborhoods by hosting gatherings, fixing […]

 By Syreeta Martin, Nichole Fray and Michael Burke

Brewerytown: A Neighborhood with a Plan

Brewerytown: A Neighborhood with a Plan

As an organization created for making positive quality-of-life improvements in its neighborhood, the Greater Brewerytown Community Development Corp. recently experienced a significant staffing change. In January, Shelly Anthony White assumed the executive director post at GBCDC, moving into her new role four months after joining the organization in September 2011 to assist in ensuring GBCDC […]

 By Stephen Viafore and Cory Victorella

Brewerytown: Two Neighborhoods, One Community

Brewerytown: Two Neighborhoods, One Community

Brewerytown and Fairmount Community Development Corporations have been working together to restore the greater business bureau in Brewerytown. The shared goal is to institute the phrase, “two neighborhoods and one community.” The Brewerytown Neighborhood Plan was developed to help restore the neighborhood and get people living there back on their feet. The two groups recognized […]

 By Kali Wyrosdic and Ross Ennis

Brewerytown: Getting Ready for Spring Cleanup

Brewerytown: Getting Ready for Spring Cleanup

In preparation for the city’s Fourth Annual Philly Spring Cleanup, the Fairmount Community Development Corp. put 10 new hand painted trash cans along the intersections of West Girard Avenue between 25th and 29th streets. Aimed at putting an end to litter and illegal dumping permanently, the Streets Department-funded Philly Spring Cleanup is a small part […]