Mantua: Residents Seek Stronger Communication with City Hall

Mantua: Residents Seek Stronger Communication with City Hall

Redevelopment, providing accessible fresh food and strengthening communication between politicians and their constituents are all priorities that Mantuans are talking about in regards to the upcoming mayoral election. “I think we had a lot of stuff on the backburner for years and those smaller things are becoming boulders,” said Mantua Civic Association president De’Wayne Drummond. “So […]

 

Mantua: Nothing but Empty Promises?

Mantua: Nothing but Empty Promises?

Despite all of the talk about Mantua’s designation as a federal Promise Zone, one of the main facets missing currently are plans and progress. Katherine Loxley, one of the remaining residents living on the property of a proposed supermarket is not happy about how the city has acquired her and her former neighbors’ land through eminent […]

 

Mantua: “Promising” a Supermarket in Mantua

Mantua: “Promising” a Supermarket in Mantua

Twenty two years ago, Mantua’s only grocery store, located on 34th Street, burned to the ground. Since then, the neighborhood has never had a grocery store to call its own, forcing those living there to take two bus lines to two different supermarkets on Columbus Boulevard or to the more expensive option of shopping at […]

 

Mantua: Five Places You Need To Know

Mantua: Five Places You Need To Know

Just north of Drexel University’s campus sits a small, tightly knit community called Mantua. With bordering streets from Spring Garden Street to Mantua Avenue and 31st to 40th streets. A mainly residential neighborhood, Mantua has struggled in the past with drug-related crimes and deep poverty. The residents are predominantly working-class Philadelphians dedicated to keeping their […]

 By Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Local Artists Engage West Philadelphia Communities

Spruce Hill: Local Artists Engage West Philadelphia Communities

The stereotypical starving artist is usually a common fixture in large cities but local art is alive and well in West Philadelphia. In October, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists hosted the annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, which allowed visitors to get an inside look at various art studios and meet some of the local […]