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Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

From Pope Francis’ visit in September 2015 to the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, Philadelphia has recently seen an increased number of tourists flock to the City of Brotherly Love. Each year, the city has seen a recent surge in visitors year over year, according to Visit Philadelphia. In 2015, the city had a total of 41 million […]

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Manayunk: Kevin Smith Fights for Development that Makes Sense

Manayunk: Kevin Smith Fights for Development that Makes Sense

Kevin Smith is president of the Manayunk Neighborhood Council, a not-for-profit civic association dedicated to promoting a unified and sustainable community in Manayunk. Smith, who was raised in Southern California and moved to Manayunk about 20 years ago, sat down at Volo Coffeehouse on Main Street to discuss some of the issues and projects the […]

 

Newbold: Residents Fear Lack Of Parking Due To Green Space Development

Newbold: Residents Fear Lack Of Parking Due To Green Space Development

In 2011, The Philadelphia Water Department set off on a 25-year initiative known as “Green City, Clean Waters.” The plan was straightforward in theory – reduce stormwater pollution entering Philadelphia’s sewer system through the use of green infrastructure. Green City, Clean Waters is the largest investment in green infrastructure in the country but by utilizing green […]

 

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

For Mary McCarthy and other longtime homeowners, the communities of Manayunk and Roxborough are areas that have rapidly changed during the last 20 years. Since the mid-1990’s, the community has shifted from mostly family style homes to apartments rented primarily by young adults. This change in demographic has brought a multitude of changes to the area, […]

 

Society Hill: Preserving Where You Live

Society Hill: Preserving Where You Live

Bob Curley, the president of the Society Hill Civic Association, shows that you don’t need to have long standing roots in a community in order to protect its interests. He’s been a resident of Society Hill for only a decade and in that time has spent six years serving on the board. He became the […]

 

Chinatown: Parking Program Assists Businesses and Customers

Chinatown: Parking Program Assists Businesses and Customers

Philadelphia is a city full of historical places to see, restaurants to eat in and museums to visit. Many of these locations can be found in Chinatown, making it a destination for tourists and city residents alike. Although it is a popular area, some tend to avoid it due to problems with traffic and parking. […]

 

Manayunk: Parking Nightmare on Gay Street

Manayunk: Parking Nightmare on Gay Street

On the corner of Mansion and Gay streets, a vacant lot served as parking space for about 30 cars each day. The lot had been looked after and cared for by the community for thirty years, after the church once standing there burned to the ground. It offered those on Gay Street and the nearby […]

 

Callowhill: Community Organizations Stand Up Against The Provence

While we slowly inch closer to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announcing the location of Philadelphia’s second gaming license, opponents of the five potential locations are making themselves heard. Local real-estate mogul Bart Blatstein’s The Provence, a 424,000-square-foot entertainment project planned for the old Inquirer building at Broad and Callowhill streets is generating a lot […]

 

Spruce Hill: Hollywood Comes To West Philly As ABC Films Drama Pilot

Spruce Hill: Hollywood Comes To West Philly As ABC Films Drama Pilot

Television crews occupied several blocks of Spruce and Locust Streets from March 11 to 17 as ABC filmed the pilot episode of its new drama TV series in and around a house on South 42nd Street. City police, in cooperation with the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, placed parking restrictions on the south side of Locust […]

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South of South Street: The Growing Pains of Street Parking

South of South Street: The Growing Pains of Street Parking

  Parking smart-phone app, ParkMe, claims parking in the Graduate Hospital area of Philadelphia is one of the toughest places to find street parking in the entire city. Many people seem to agree. “I hate parking here… specifically here,” said frequent Greg Rios, “It’s especially a nightmare after the business people get home from work […]