Powelton Village: Lancaster Mews Gets Historic

Powelton Village: Lancaster Mews Gets Historic

Lancaster Mews, a row of apartments and businesses on the 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue will keep its 19th century architecture after a city commission ruled on its importance. Last month, sites around the city were given historic designations by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Along with Mews, Satterlee Heights and the Edward Corner Building in Fishtown […]

 

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: 5 Construction Sites to Keep An Eye On

Mantua: 5 Construction Sites to Keep An Eye On

The West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua has been getting nationwide attention for being a part of President Barack Obama’s Promise Zone project. This plan was set up in order to build safe public spaces and to strengthen federal assistance in housing, education and public safety. Today, a year after Mantua was designated as a Promise Zone, […]

 

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

Bernadine Hawes is a Washington D.C. native who moved to West Philadelphia in 1972 to get her master’s degree in Medical Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has since been a very active member of the community. Hawes is the chair of the board at the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and also serves on […]

 

Mantua: People’s Emergency Center Seeks to Help Businesses, Drive Change

Mantua: People’s Emergency Center Seeks to Help Businesses, Drive Change

People’s Emergency Center, or PEC, has been a helping hand to the community for many years. Most known for its abundance of programs for helping families, PEC has now taken on small businesses. The dedicated staff provides many businesses the help they need to start up and survive as they help to rebuild the commercial district on […]

 

Mantua: Gallery’s Open-Door Policy Aims to Attract Artists and Community Members

Mantua: Gallery’s Open-Door Policy Aims to Attract Artists and Community Members

“COME IN” was written on the sign in big and bold letters, inviting the public to join the festive evening created by Indigo Bleu Design Concepts to mark the second anniversary of its representation of artist Jerry Puryear. Danielle Green, owner of the business located at Spring Garden Street and Lancaster Avenue, has created a space to explore […]

 

Lancaster Avenue: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Lancaster Avenue: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Lancaster Avenue has been the home of many exceptional people and the stage for notable historical moments. This flourishing community is filled with hidden gems and great minds looking to contribute to their community. The Blue Grotto If you’re into the color blue and you want to go see some art out in West Philadelphia, […]

 

Mantua: Five Places to Help Beat that Hangover

Mantua: Five Places to Help Beat that Hangover

Mantua is seeing more and more Drexel and Penn students move into the neighborhood than ever. With college students starting to pack the West Philadelphia neighborhood, that usually means an increased number of college parties. College parties usually mean binge drinking, which means more hangovers. Everyone knows the best way to beat a rough hangover is with some good […]

 

Lancaster Avenue: Human Rights Coalition Starts Letter Writing Night to Prisoners

Lancaster Avenue: Human Rights Coalition Starts Letter Writing Night to Prisoners

In the little room of the Lancaster Avenue Autonomous Space, three members of the Human Rights Coalition focused on the papers in front of them. HRC Facilitator, Patricia Vickers turned to member Karen Lee and exclaimed, “Hey, this one’s from your son’s prison!” A brief silence followed, and Vickers continued, “It’s not him.” Monday night […]

 

Lancaster Avenue: Community Begins Discussing Future Plans For The Promise Zone

Lancaster Avenue: Community Begins Discussing Future Plans For The Promise Zone

After recently becoming one of President Obama’s first sets of five Promise Zones this past January, West Philadelphia community leaders held their first open meeting at the Morton McMichael School in Mantua last month. The purpose of the meeting was to inform residents and business owners about the designation and what it will mean for […]