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Center City: The Arts Stay in the Picture for District Schools

Center City: The Arts Stay in the Picture for District Schools

“The visual arts help develop sustained focus and articulation of the decision making process,” said Helen Haynes, chief cultural officer for the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy at the A+ Arts Exhibit at City Hall. “You can see that in the images around here today. These are the higher brain […]

 

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Located at the intersection of S. 32nd and Dickenson streets in Grays Ferry sits Stinger Park. It has the appearance of many neighborhood parks throughout the city – old and worn from decades of use, with a touch of nostalgia. The park has the look and feel of an area that is in constant use. […]

 

Fashion: How the Upcoming Mayor Can Improve Fashion in Philadelphia

Fashion: How the Upcoming Mayor Can Improve Fashion in Philadelphia

“I would love the upcoming mayor to be just as engaged and involved if not more, to drive the message home that art, design and made in Philly creativity is crucial to the growth of Philly,” said Elena Brennan, owner of Bus Stop Boutique. Brennan thinks that these creative outlets could help the city flourish […]

 

Germantown: Art Thriving at Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Germantown: Art Thriving at Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf’s Art Through the Ages exhibit officially opened last month, as families gathered to view the student’s artwork in Philadelphia’s City Hall. Mayor Michael Nutter opened the ceremony by welcoming and congratulating the kids on their great work and reminding them that no obstacle will stop them from their life goals. […]

 

Logan: Logan Residents Feel the Neglect

Logan: Logan Residents Feel the Neglect

When walking into John Stephen’s Logan home, the home that he and his wife have lived in since 1972, the smell of fresh flowers is immediate. Stephens, a retired salesman for Verizon, assists his wife, a florist, with deliveries and they store many of the bouquets of arrangements of white lilies and orange carnations in […]

 By Micaella Wesley, Michael Morrison and Lauren Dunn

South Philadelphia: Valley Green Bank Opens a New Branch in South Philadelphia

South Philadelphia: Valley Green Bank Opens a New Branch in South Philadelphia

Valley Green Bank opened its new branch in South Philadelphia at 1536 S. Broad St. with a commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7. The event focused on Valley Green Bank’s commitment to serve the local neighborhood in an impactful way and adding to the vibrancy of the growing business community in South Philadelphia. Mayor […]

 By Samantha Byles and Andrea Jordan

South Philadelphia: Whitman Library Branch Pushes for Six-Day Weekly Operation

South Philadelphia: Whitman Library Branch Pushes for Six-Day Weekly Operation

South Philadelphia’s Second Street has become legendary as the site for the Mummers, Philadelphia’s colorful New Years revelers. Second Street in South Philly houses the Mummers Museum honoring that annual celebration plus costume houses holding decorations for the event. But several blocks away, Laura McColgan and the Friends of Whitman Library said they hope to […]

 By Autumn Kelly, Jillian Mallon and Priscilla Ward

Fairmount: Meeting Held in Response to Controversial Philadelphia Magazine Article

Fairmount: Meeting Held in Response to Controversial Philadelphia Magazine Article

A public meeting was held Thursday to provide a forum for residents to respond to the Philadelphia Magazine article “Being White in Philly.” Published last month, the article’s content mostly focused on interviews with citizens living in Fairmount and Brewerytown. The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hosted the meeting at Girard College to give these residents […]

 By Matt Breen

Walnut Hill: Police Headquarters May Give New Life to Vacant Building

Walnut Hill: Police Headquarters May Give New Life to Vacant Building

As the elevated subway car rolls into the nearby station, the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building sits perfectly silent, serving as a nod to Walnut Hill’s storied past. The sprawling 15-acre site has been mostly dormant since the Philadelphia-based insurance company left it behind nearly three decades ago. Overgrown trees cover the courtyard and […]

 By Kelsey McDowell and Matthew Petrillo

Hunting Park: City Council Budget Hearing Affects Minority Areas

Hunting Park: City Council Budget Hearing Affects Minority Areas

The word of God wasn’t the only thing heard at St. John’s AME Church. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, as well as the rest of the City Council members, traveled to the church located at 2114 S. 71st St., to have the first neighborhood hearing on Mayor Nutter’s proposed 2013 budget. Although the church was a bit […]