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North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

When the School District of Philadelphia proposed 37 school closings in 2013, Tanner Duckrey Elementary School was scheduled to close its doors to roughly 300 students. Duckrey’s fate changed when the School Reform Commission narrowed the list of closings to 24 and designated Duckrey as a receiving school. This meant Duckrey was now scheduled to […]

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North Central: Lynn Dorwaldt Uncovers History at the Wagner Institute

North Central: Lynn Dorwaldt Uncovers History at the Wagner Institute

Lynn Dorwaldt has always loved puzzles. “Word puzzles, crossword puzzles, logic puzzles,” she said. “I love the journey of trying to find the answer to something.” Dorwaldt, the librarian at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, sees her work as a big, giant puzzle. “When you’re researching history, it’s never like, ‘Oh, there’s the answer,’ […]

 

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education is one of the foundations of society, and yet schools in Philadelphia are hemorrhaging cash due to rising costs and stagnant revenues. Many have been forced to cut back on everything from school supplies and textbooks to programs and staff. Some have even closed their doors due to decisions by the School Reform Commission […]

 

North Philadelphia: Neighborhoods’ History Has Not Been Forgotten

North Philadelphia: Neighborhoods’ History Has Not Been Forgotten

The neighborhoods of North Philadelphia are home to a number of historical landmarks. Reminders of the area’s 17th- and 18th-century history are scattered across the changing neighborhoods of Francisville, Sharswood, Spring Garden and North Central. Though some landmarks have been forgotten over the years, many still stand as proud reminders of the past. Founder’s Hall, […]

 By Sean Carlin

City Hall: Perceived Distrust Factored Into Failure of NID

City Hall: Perceived Distrust Factored Into Failure of NID

As Temple University’s students have continued to move further into the area around the college’s North Philadelphia campus, residents have increasingly complained about the constant noise and trash generated by students and developers. In response, Councilman Darrell Clarke – now the council president – who represents the area where Temple is located, introduced the North […]

 By Kathryn S. Schwartz

North Central: One Block, Two School Closures

North Central: One Block, Two School Closures

[vimeo 65598762] North Central Philadelphia is being hit particularly hard by the School Reform Commission’s decision to close 23 schools, with five schools ordered to shut their doors at the end of the academic year. General John F. Reynolds Elementary School and Roberts Vaux High School  — located just one block apart — are among those […]

 By Diana Reynolds

North Central: Residents Fear Purge by Private Developers

North Central: Residents Fear Purge by Private Developers

  After the controversy sparking proposal for a North Central Neighborhood Improvement District came to a halt last summer, issues surrounding property continue to brew tensions in North Central Philadelphia among longtime residents, private developers and Philadelphia’s City Council in North Central Philadelphia. One piece of the growing problem is the amount of available land […]

 By Diana Reynolds

North Central: Neighborhood Block Party Featured Local Music Talents

North Central: Neighborhood Block Party Featured Local Music Talents

Good happenings and hype rolled among residents and college students attending a block party on the 1900 block of N. Gratz Street, in a continuation of Temple University’s “Spring Fling” 2012 during the university’s Alumni Weekend. The first annual “QuiteHype Cookout” hosted by QuiteHype, a music and production label that began last fall, collaborated with […]

 By Diana Reynolds and Kathryn Schwartz

North Central: Cecil B. Moore’s One-Man Car Wash

North Central: Cecil B. Moore’s One-Man Car Wash

On a brisk Sunday evening, an advertisement reading: “Hand Car Wash $5.00,” stood at the intersection of 19th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Gregory Smalley, the service’s founder and only employee, decided to take advantage of the uncommonly warm February weather to open up his outdoor business for the afternoon. “When the weather is […]

 By Ryan A. Shellenberger, Autumn N. Kelly and Liza M. George

North Central: Temple Students Gardening for Change

North Central: Temple Students Gardening for Change

A group of friends at Temple University with a shared passion for gardening and helping improve the surrounding community planted an idea in 2009 that grew into the Temple Community Garden. These students, putting their green thumbs to work, started out with a small patch of ground at 11th and Berks Streets for their planting. […]

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