Point Breeze: Clean Point Breeze Streets Gets Ready To Enter Its Second Phase

Point Breeze: Clean Point Breeze Streets Gets Ready To Enter Its Second Phase

Philadelphia is a city laden with litter on its streets and sidewalks. While the Philadelphia Streets Department outlines its sanitation expectations online, including penalties for not complying with these expectations, residents continue to leave trash on the ground. “There’s a lot of trash, and it needs to be picked up,” said Christopher Lillis, director of […]

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Juniata Park: Carribbean Native Connects Local Community To Philly Creek

Juniata Park: Carribbean Native Connects Local Community To Philly Creek

As litter from the sea washed upon the white sand beaches of Puerto Rico, Doryán De Angel discovered her zeal. Fueling her fervor for the recovery of Earth’s waterways, the environmentalist is now the community watershed leader of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), a Philadelphia-based initiative established in 2000 to promote community engagement with the body […]

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Point Breeze: Keeping Streets Clean Requires More Than Annual Cleanups

Point Breeze: Keeping Streets Clean Requires More Than Annual Cleanups

“It is not just one day,” said Carlton Williams, deputy commissioner for the Philadelphia Streets Department. “It is a constant battle.” The “one day” is referring to the 2016 Philly Spring Cleanup, which took place on April 16. The Streets Department started the citywide cleanup nine years ago in an effort to bring the community together and promote […]

 

Wissahickon Valley Park: Trash to Treasure

Wissahickon Valley Park: Trash to Treasure

“I found a pregnancy test, not pregnant, which is the answer you want when you take a pregnancy test in the woods.” Bradley Maule has discovered some unusual trash while hiking through the Wissahickon Valley Park. Hiking has always been a pastime of his from growing up in the middle of wooded Pennsylvania. He moved […]

 By Erin Purcell and Max Pulcini

Axis Philly: Business Owners, Residents and Community Organizers in Germantown Work to Beautify Historic Business Corridor

Axis Philly: Business Owners, Residents and Community Organizers in Germantown Work to Beautify Historic Business Corridor

[vimeo 62719426] Longtime residents of Germantown have seen major changes occur in the business corridor of Germantown Avenue and Chelten Avenue. Once the shopping destination of the city, it has now become a place where litter lines the street and metal grates cover the fronts of buildings. Councilwoman Cindy Bass along with the reestablished Germantown Special […]

 By Najee Clancy and Tyler Dougherty

Hunting Park: Clearing Out the Waste

Hunting Park: Clearing Out the Waste

Keeping an 87-acre park clean can be a laborious task. In Hunting Park, that job is left to Gerald Willis, an employee of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Picking up the park’s trash for 23 years, Willis attested to its upkeep. “It can be a tough job at times. It gets dirty, believe me,” […]

 By Cassandra Lund and Kean Maynard

Kensington: Where Can the Trash Go?

Kensington: Where Can the Trash Go?

Trash is an issue every community has to deal with. Whether it be where to put it, how to get rid of it or who is in charge of it, there is plenty of room for debate within the area. In Kensington trash is an issue for the community and residents. It litters the ground, […]