Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

In 2011, the Brewerytown CDC and the Fairmount CDC collaborated to turn an abandoned lot into a space the two neighborhoods could put to use, creating the foundation for the community run Girard-Dream Garden. With the help of a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Fairmount CDC was able to select and […]

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Brewerytown: David Waxman, MM Partners Building up Brewerytown

Brewerytown: David Waxman, MM Partners Building up Brewerytown

Historically, business in Brewerytown has had its ups and downs. The arrival of prohibition in America shut down its booming breweries and distilleries, but industry survived into the mid 1900s. By the 1980s, jobs disappeared and the neighborhood suffered. Today, there is a slow resurgence of businesses, mostly on Girard Avenue. David Waxman, along with his […]

 

Brewerytown: Laid-Off Teacher Gets Back on His Feet by Opening CrossFit Gym

Brewerytown: Laid-Off Teacher Gets Back on His Feet by Opening CrossFit Gym

For most people, being laid off from a position as a high school social studies teacher would be a stroke of bad luck. For Brian Terpak, it was the universe’s way of telling him to open his own CrossFit gym. What started as an after school CrossFit club at the Girard Academic Music Program with […]

 By Christine B. Mattson

Brewerytown: Mt. Airy’s High Point Cafe to Add Life to Girard Avenue

Brewerytown: Mt. Airy’s High Point Cafe to Add Life to Girard Avenue

The Brewerytown section of Philadelphia has had its highs and lows but right now, it’s on the rise. Businesses are moving in and plans are being made for the part of the city that was once left in the dust. Entrepreneurs and development planners alike are devising their own ways to bring the Brewerytown section […]

 By Alyssa Saylor and Sara Khan

Plan Philly: Equal Dollars Rewards South Kensington Residents

Plan Philly:  Equal Dollars Rewards South Kensington Residents

A new currency rewards volunteer hours with funds usable at South Kensington businesses. Equal Dollars is a community currency that residents can receive in exchange for community service performed in the neighborhood. These serve as forms of payment at participating businesses. “I think that we [Equal Dollars] have a presence in a couple communities—but what really dictates how the Equal Dollars are used is by what each community needs,” said Sara Reed, community outreach and marketing […]