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Old City: PhillyCAM Provides Community with Media Access

Old City: PhillyCAM Provides Community with Media Access

Philadelphia fought to get its public access television for 27 years and, on October 23, 2009, that fight came to an end. Philadelphia Community Access Media (PhillyCAM) started its cable broadcasting on Comcast and Verizon. PhillyCAM is non-profit organization that operates Philadelphia’s public access television. Located on the corner at Seventh and Ranstead streets, the doors […]

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Arts & Entertainment: Laurel Raczka Brings Community, Artists And Scholars Together

Arts & Entertainment: Laurel Raczka Brings Community, Artists And Scholars Together

Laurel Raczka is the executive director of the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City. The Painted Bride Art Center, founded in 1969, is an art venue that caters to artists of varying disciplines that works with independent artists to bring arts to the community. Although leadership of the Painted Bride has changed through the years, its mission […]

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Old City: “What is Good for Our Residents is Probably Good for Our Community.”

Old City: “What is Good for Our Residents is Probably Good for Our Community.”

Job Itzkowitz is the executive director of the Old City District in Philadelphia. Since starting the job in August of 2014, he has lead a staff that is committed to the improvement of the Old City District for residents and visitors alike. The operations office is located at 231 Market St., where Itzkowitz leads a team of four, who […]

 

Old City: Where You’re Never Too Spoiled

Old City: Where You’re Never Too Spoiled

Rene Galvin opened Never Too Spoiled in 2008 as a seasonal shop in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin. Galvin opened the small storefront mostly to run Internet sales out of but after falling in love with it, she decided to make it a more permanent business. The little shop down the shore blossomed into a quirky and vibrant boutique […]

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Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

In 2006, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) euthanized 90 percent of the animals that were brought to them. In an effort to ratify the high frequency of euthanasia and provide a better alternative, Dana Spain founded the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) as PACCA’s life-saving department.  In 2009, PAWS broke away from PACCA, […]

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Old City: Carriage Driver Turned Teacher

Old City: Carriage Driver Turned Teacher

Kelly Filbert is a horse carriage driver in Old City. Being a horse carriage driver has made her find a love for history. She wants to pass her knowledge on to everyone who steps into her carriage.   Can you explain the difference between this job and other jobs you have worked? This job is […]

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Sustainable Living: Five Eco-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia

Sustainable Living: Five Eco-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia

When a business is sustainable, its practices demonstrate how to make a profit while also promoting, addressing and being conscious of environmental issues. Here are a few businesses that focus their mission not only on making money but remaining environmentally sound. Moon + Arrow 754 S. 4th St. Originating as a handmade jewelry line five years ago, Moon […]

 

Old City: Miles Butler Builds Community to Save The Planet

Old City: Miles Butler Builds Community to Save The Planet

As a lifelong activist and a current leader in Philadelphia’s sustainability community, Miles Butler has dedicated most of his life toward spreading knowledge and awareness of environmental protection. Raised in Mt. Airy, Butler lived in Massachusetts for a few years, then moved back to Philly to pursue his passion as a musician and environmentalist. In 2014, […]

 

Old City: The Clay Studio Molds Ceramic Artists, Young and Older

Old City: The Clay Studio Molds Ceramic Artists, Young and Older

The Clay Studio has been a pivotal part of the Old City Art scene for more than 40 years. The Clay Studio welcomes both professionals and new comers alike to experience the ceramic arts in Philadelphia. Founded in 1974, the original mission of The Clay Studio was to provide the necessary space and materials for […]

 

Old City: Gallery Highlights Unique Art of Wood Turning

Old City: Gallery Highlights Unique Art of Wood Turning

As a lathe rotates the wood, an artist applies a carving tool to shape his or her masterpiece, careful not to make a mistake and have to change the piece or start over again. This subtractive art is known as wood turning. “We’re the only organization in the world that focuses on wood turning through exhibitions, symposiums […]

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