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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

 By Christine Mattson and Aaron Stevens

Chestnut Hill: Rooftop Agriculture Taking Root

Chestnut Hill: Rooftop Agriculture Taking Root

Friends of the Wissahickon recently hosted a lecture on the expanding rooftop agriculture industry at the Valley Green Inn. The speaker, Philadelphia landscape architect Lauren Mandel, went through a detailed presentation and open discussion about rooftop agriculture to a group of about 30 attendees. During the lecture, Mandel’s book, “Eat Up,” was circulating around with […]

 By Erin O'Reilly and Sara Rooney

Cedar Park: Residents Take Pride in Their Neighborhood

Cedar Park: Residents Take Pride in Their Neighborhood

The block located at 47th Street and Cedar Avenue in Cedar Park is home to both new and longtime residents. The Queen Anne style buildings, which are Victorian architectures, show both the uniqueness and history of the neighborhood. Large porches accompany vibrantly painted houses and voluptuous gardens, which residents take pride in to beautify their […]