Chinatown: Officials Weigh Competing Proposals for Development at Parking Lot Site

Chinatown: Officials Weigh Competing Proposals for Development at Parking Lot Site

Cecilia Yep has served the Chinatown community for decades. As one of the founders of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., she has fought what she considers intrusive development, including a proposed stadium near the Vine Street Expressway and Chinatown’s northern border. And on March 6, in a overflowing meeting room at 1234 Market St., Yep […]

 

Mantua: Residents Seek Stronger Communication with City Hall

Mantua: Residents Seek Stronger Communication with City Hall

Redevelopment, providing accessible fresh food and strengthening communication between politicians and their constituents are all priorities that Mantuans are talking about in regards to the upcoming mayoral election. “I think we had a lot of stuff on the backburner for years and those smaller things are becoming boulders,” said Mantua Civic Association president De’Wayne Drummond. “So […]

 

Poverty Beat: Land Bank Program Offers Much Needed Change

Poverty Beat: Land Bank Program Offers Much Needed Change

In January Philadelphia became the largest city in the country to approve the creation of a land bank, an entity that will regulate the sale of the city’s  40,000 abandoned properties. A coalition of for-profit and non- profit entities came together under the umbrella of The Philly Land Bank Alliance to advocate for its creation. […]

 By Alyssa Saylor and Sara Khan

Plan Philly: South Kensington Business Owner May Lose Seven Properties

Plan Philly: South Kensington Business Owner May Lose Seven Properties

Mel Anthanasiadis, the owner of El Greco Pizza & Luncheonette, has been quite popular over the past year and a half. His struggle to keep his seven properties in South Kensington has been featured in City Paper, News Works and other Philadelphia media outlets. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Arab American Community Development Association […]

 By Tim Johnson and Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: Abandoned Buildings Plague the Neighborhood While City Organizations Work Toward Improvement

Hunting Park: Abandoned Buildings Plague the Neighborhood While City Organizations Work Toward Improvement

Residents of the 4000 block of North Darien Street are like a family. Whether it’s giving the kids a safe place to play after school or forcing thugs and drug dealers off the block, the residents are constantly battling negative elements to improve the quality of life in their area. Yet for all their efforts, […]