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Hunting Park: Esperanza Aims to Improve Neighborhood Conditions

Hunting Park: Esperanza Aims to Improve Neighborhood Conditions

Esperanza is a faith-based community development corporation and nonprofit organization. It was founded in 1986 by the Hispanic clergy of Philadelphia. At the time, the Hispanic clergy wanted to address some of the larger problems that the community faced – access to affordable housing, access to jobs, safe communities and an education. Philip Dawson, 29, […]

 

Mantua: People’s Emergency Center Seeks to Help Businesses, Drive Change

Mantua: People’s Emergency Center Seeks to Help Businesses, Drive Change

People’s Emergency Center, or PEC, has been a helping hand to the community for many years. Most known for its abundance of programs for helping families, PEC has now taken on small businesses. The dedicated staff provides many businesses the help they need to start up and survive as they help to rebuild the commercial district on […]

 

Olney: Renewing a Historic Street

Olney: Renewing a Historic Street

Drive up one of Philadelphia’s most historic main streets and you will see longtime residents walking amongst new and vibrant residents, flashes of a city heading for the future. Stephanie Michel’s job begins at the meeting point of these two sides and it ends where they come together for the good of the community. Michel (above, […]

 

Kensington: McPherson Square Park Ditches the Needles, Welcomes Children

Kensington: McPherson Square Park Ditches the Needles, Welcomes Children

McPherson Square Park, more commonly known as “Needle Park” among the Kensington community, used to be a place of high drug usage and crime. Children weren’t safe, and the risk of getting stuck by a needle was high for more than 30 years. However, efforts have been made over the years to clean up the […]

 By Tim Johnson and Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: Renovations Bring New Possibilities to Neighborhood

Hunting Park: Renovations Bring New Possibilities to Neighborhood

Residents are difficult to find outside in Hunting Park during the winter months. Even right after school lets out, the athletic fields remain empty, and the enormous gazebo that acts as a focal point for the park is as deserted as it is large. But some of those that do make it out to the […]