Kensington: First Time Home Buyer Workshop Proves Valuable Resource For Locals

Kensington: First Time Home Buyer Workshop Proves Valuable Resource For Locals

For many, owning a first home is a big part of the American Dream. In Philadelphia, that dream is less of a reality than other cities in the country. According to public data sources gathered by Data USA, only 52.6 percent of homes in Philadelphia were occupied by their owner in 2015, more than 10 percent […]

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East Kensington: Uniting Community With Arts Festival

East Kensington: Uniting Community With Arts Festival

The East Kensington Neighbors Association addresses several important issues going on in its own neighborhood every third Monday of each month at Philadelphia Brewing Company. All East Kensington residents are welcomed to attend the meetings and take part in changes being made in the community. Onias Timothy Dickson, 32, was initially summoned to attend these […]

 

Fishtown: Doggie Depot Strengthens Community Among Residents (and Dogs)

Fishtown: Doggie Depot Strengthens Community Among Residents (and Dogs)

Nobody said Fishtown was just for fish. Palmer Doggie Depot, located at approximately 37 E. Palmer St., is a park for residents of Fishtown and other nearby communities to let their dogs run, play and meet other dogs. The park is part of New Kensington Community Development Corporation’s efforts to make Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods […]

 

Fishtown: FNA Brings Artists and Community Together to ‘Feed the Fish’

Fishtown: FNA Brings Artists and Community Together to ‘Feed the Fish’

The prominent Fishtown art scene has just taken a new role in engaging local residents and utilizing a green approach for a better community through the neighborhood’s very own mascot: a fish. Throughout Fishtown, people will start to see eccentric fish head topped trashcans popping up left and right on every street corner. These trash-gobbling […]

 

Kensington: Trinity Presbyterian Member Helps Recovering Addicts in Community

Kensington: Trinity Presbyterian Member Helps Recovering Addicts in Community

Kenneth Blood, 66, is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia. In the 35 years he has lived in Kensington, Blood has devoted his time providing rehabilitated addicts with transitional living at Trinity Presbyterian Church. What is your philosophy in terms of your role in the community, specifically Trinity Presbyterian Church? There are people that go to […]

 

East Kensington: Five Places On Frankford Avenue That You Might Not Know

East Kensington: Five Places On Frankford Avenue That You Might Not Know

Frankford Avenue is among one of Philadelphia’s largest streets, spanning many miles across the city. One of the neighborhoods that Frankford Avenue passes through is East Kensington, where a variety of different businesses are located. From community organizations, to a 35-year-old fire protection company, East Kensington’s stretch of the avenue has a number of places […]

 

East Kensington: Five Artists to Know

East Kensington: Five Artists to Know

No matter what point they’ve reached in their careers so far, artists across the disciplines are flocking to East Kensington, where a sense of art and community is becoming more and more established. 1. Brian Potash (pictured above) In this digital age, where so much is done through electronics, Devilfish Ink owner Brian Potash, 39, understands and appreciates […]

 By Desirae Holland, Josh Mervine and Megan Park

Fishtown: Neighborhood Growing Pains Include Parking Issues

Fishtown: Neighborhood Growing Pains Include Parking Issues

  The recent placement of signs restricting parking for more than two hours rattled neighbors in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. As neighborhood residents tried to solve the area-parking problem, the restrictive parking signs have been an indication of a larger change occurring in Fishtown. Fishtown, once a largely working-class community, has shifted its demographics […]

 By Josh Mervine, Megan Park and Desirae Holland

Fishtown: Credit Union Branch Welcomed to the Neighborhood

Fishtown: Credit Union Branch Welcomed to the Neighborhood

The Philadelphia Federal Credit Union held a grand opening of its Fishtown branch on April 27. This new branch, located at 2136 E. Dauphin St., is the first Fishtown office of this firm that operates 10 branches in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Credit Union President and CEO James McAneney began the ceremony with opening remarks that stressed […]

 By Josh Mervine

Fishtown: New Dog Park Part of Beautification Initiative

Fishtown: New Dog Park Part of Beautification Initiative

In the near future East Palmer Street will see a new dog park right next to Shissler Recreation Center.  Dog owners in Fishtown consider this new facility “a welcome addition.” Volunteers gathered recently to plant trees, lay woodchips and construct benches to further the progress need to complete the park. Among those who volunteered were […]