Chestnut Hill: Library Closes Temporarily To Repair Ceiling Leak

Chestnut Hill: Library Closes Temporarily To Repair Ceiling Leak

The Chestnut Hill library has been around for over 100 years – 109 years to be exact. The library is located at 8711 Germantown Ave. and is a huge fixture within the Chestnut Hill community. “People love the library because it has a lot to offer to the community, especially to all the different age […]

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Fishtown: Jesse Gardner Opens Doors to Help Save St. Laurentius Church

Fishtown: Jesse Gardner Opens Doors to Help Save St. Laurentius Church

Jesse Gardner is the key holder to the art gallery, Unsung Heroes . Here, at 2024 E. Arizona St., double life-sized painted portraits of firefighters hang on the walls. But on the first Friday of each month, Gardner’s gallery takes on a very different role as he welcomes Fishtown residents into his creative space. Even though he […]

 

Fairhill: New Chapter For Library Means Bittersweet, Temporary Closure

Fairhill: New Chapter For Library Means Bittersweet, Temporary Closure

Rebekah Ray and the staff at the Lillian Marrero Library have been dedicated to the future of the branch, long before the building recently closed for renovations. Now, they are left wondering how the community is going to fare for the next two years, without the essential resources they provide. The Lillian Marrero Library at Sixth […]

 

Mantua: 5 Construction Sites to Keep An Eye On

Mantua: 5 Construction Sites to Keep An Eye On

The West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua has been getting nationwide attention for being a part of President Barack Obama’s Promise Zone project. This plan was set up in order to build safe public spaces and to strengthen federal assistance in housing, education and public safety. Today, a year after Mantua was designated as a Promise Zone, […]

 By Kate Hartman and Ben Griffiths

Mantua: Revitalizing the Mt. Vernon Manor Apartments

Mantua: Revitalizing the Mt. Vernon Manor Apartments

Debris has been flying at the Mt. Vernon Manor Apartments, located around 33rd and Wallace streets, since construction began on this much-anticipated revitalization project over a month ago. Most residents have been relocated and the apartments are being stripped in phase one of this large scale project. The rehabilitation of these apartments is central to […]

 By Kyle Gauss and Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Local Construction Benefits Community Socially and Economically

Francisville: Local Construction Benefits Community Socially and Economically

It’s hard to walk through the Francisville area without noticing the sudden upswing of construction. It seems that almost every block is experiencing an influx of new houses or newly renovated properties. While some members of the community find this to be a nuisance, the facts show that the community greatly benefits from the new […]

 By Kean Maynard

Kensington: Community Organization Continues to Give Kensington a Makeover

Kensington: Community Organization Continues to Give Kensington a Makeover

Since the founding of the New Kensington Community Development Center in 1985, the Kensington community has seen many changes as a result of projects the organization was involved with. In recent years NKCDC has taken an aggressive approach to making the neighborhood look better. “We do everything from organizing street cleanings to turning abandoned factories […]