Port Richmond: Block Cleaning Unites Community

Port Richmond: Block Cleaning Unites Community

The sounds of brooms, shovels, brushes and laughter filled the streets early Saturday morning. The neighborhood that is usually quietly waking up was wide-awake and cleaning their block. With a bit of planning from the PhillyRising, the 3000 block of Tulip Street started picking up trash, sweeping sidewalks and brushing porches. Created by the City […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Connects With Community

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Connects With Community

PhillyRising is relatively new to Lawncrest, a neighborhood located in the 2nd Police District. Citron said he spent time building connections within the community before launching the program on March 15, 2012. “When we did our initial mappings for possible PhillyRising neighborhoods, Frankford met all of our standard criteria but we also knew we would expand into […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Frankford: Looking At PhillyRising One Year Later

Frankford: Looking At PhillyRising One Year Later

Vacant buildings have become spaces for art galleries, overgrown brush in parks has been trimmed, vacant lots have been cleared from short dumping and victory gardens at local schools have been planted since PhillyRising first took roots in the revitalization efforts in Frankford last year. PhillyRising originally began as a pilot program in 2010 and […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Meeting Focuses On Holiday Food Drive

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Meeting Focuses On Holiday Food Drive

A park cleanup and Veteran’s Day ceremony, a five-block cleanup and a neighborhood watch walk-through were just some of the successes highlighted during a PhillyRising meeting at the Lawncrest Library on Tuesday night. PhillyRising is a program through the City of Philadelphia that targets neighborhoods that are plagued by chronic crime and quality-of-life concerns. “During […]