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Strawberry Mansion: Q&A with Lawrence Battle

Strawberry Mansion: Q&A with Lawrence Battle

Lawrence Battle, a Strawberry Mansion native, has been volunteering at the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center (SMNAC) for more than two years. The center is one of more than 50 KEYSPOTS in the city dedicated to offering free Internet access and helping community residents learn how to use a computer. The SMNAC has 18 computers, […]

 

Hartranft: The 12th and Cambria Recreation Center is Rebuilding the Neighborhood

Hartranft: The 12th and Cambria Recreation Center is Rebuilding the Neighborhood

With Mayor Michael Nutter proposing a $500,000 increase to the Parks and Recreation budget, the Parks Alliance still feels that more funding is necessary to effectively run an enjoyable, safe environment for the communities of Philadelphia. While some recreation centers and communities have suffered, and some continue to suffer with programs being cut and pools […]

 

Southwest Philly: 5 People Making a Difference

Southwest Philly: 5 People Making a Difference

Though residents of Southwest Philadelphia deal with tough issues like urban blight, gun violence and food deserts, individuals and organizations are working to improve the neighborhoods. Dozens of community churches and daycare centers line the streets, and four recreation centers are spread throughout the area. These people – a pastor, a gardener, two recreation center […]

 By Megan Matuzak

University City: KEYSPOT Responds to the Digital Divide

University City: KEYSPOT Responds to the Digital Divide

According to statistics distributed by the PEW Institute, access to computers and the Internet has greatly increased from 2000 to 2010. The utility of mobile Internet alone has increased by 13 percent from April 2009 to May 2010. As of 2010, 65 percent reported to have broadband connection and 59 percent were able to access […]