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Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Like other parts of the city, Northern Liberties’ housing market has rapidly expanded in recent years. It seems as if every other street is restricted by orange construction barricades. By the time the seasons change, they’re gone, a new building is up and an old brick home is being demolished. New construction often comes with […]

 

Philadelphia: Aging at Risk of Financial Exploitation

Philadelphia: Aging at Risk of Financial Exploitation

Much has been said about impact of the millennials, which can make it easy to forget that baby boomers will soon reach retirement age. From 1999 to 2009, the nation’s aging population grew from 35.3 to 39.6 million and will reach an estimated 55 million by 2020, according the World Health Organization. Philadelphia is no […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Now the head of community engagement at the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center, Tyrone Williams has worked his whole life trying to better his community. From a young age, Williams took an active interest in reaching out to people. He estimated his history in community outreach went back to when he was 11-years old and a […]

 

Port Richmond: Senior Citizens Showcase Their Inner Artists And More

Port Richmond: Senior Citizens Showcase Their Inner Artists And More

Friday afternoons at St. Anne’s Senior Community Center are never a bore. The weekly Clay Creations class, taught by Anne Koszalka, highlights many seniors’ weeks and gives them something to look forward to on Fridays. “About eight years ago, a fellow ceramic artist, who has been teaching at senior centers for years, needed a few […]

 

Mayfair: Community Care of the Northeast Keeps Seniors Independent

Mayfair: Community Care of the Northeast Keeps Seniors Independent

Jeannette Kurzenberger is 96 years old. She is a Mayfair resident and has lived in the same home for 74 years. Since the passing of her husband, Kurzenberger lives alone. To many, the idea of a woman her age living anywhere other than a nursing home is unimaginable, and living alone would be impossible. But […]

 

Girard Estates: Lee Fass Makes A Difference For Older Adults

Girard Estates: Lee Fass Makes A Difference For Older Adults

With a beaming smile on a Thursday morning, Lee Fass explained the importance of strong, clear lines in drawings. Her two art students listened dutifully while glancing between white computer paper and Fass’s extravagant gestures. As a former fine art teacher, Fass found a home at Marconi Older Adult Program when she moved to Philadelphia […]

 

Poverty Beat: Income Insecurity for Philadelphia’s Oldest Residents

Poverty Beat: Income Insecurity for Philadelphia’s Oldest Residents

Philadelphia’s elderly population, proportionally second largest of the nation’s ten most-populated cities, is facing a quiet and pervasive epidemic. According to the Census Bureau, there were more than 60,000 impoverished Philadelphians over the age of 55 in 2012. Particularly vulnerable to the affects of low income and isolation, Philadelphia’s oldest residents are facing the struggles […]

 By William Matz and Paulina Malek

Strawberry Mansion: Neighborhood Action Center Leads Revitalization Efforts

Strawberry Mansion: Neighborhood Action Center Leads Revitalization Efforts

If you’re not careful, you might miss it. Nestled on the 2800 block of West Diamond Street between two identical three-story homes with just a small black-and-white sign, the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center is anything but inconspicuous. For the neighborhood’s residents whose view of abandoned buildings, overgrown weeds and trash piles are permanently seared […]

 By Andrea Lorenzo and Aden Gideon

Broad Street: Tolentine Community Center Serves Beyond South Philly Border

Broad Street: Tolentine Community Center Serves Beyond South Philly Border

Tucked away on Mifflin Street near 10th Street is one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets. The Tolentine Community Center is a nonprofit center that was established in 1983. The center hosts a wide array of activities, events and services for people throughout the city. Diane Zotti has served as the director of this center for […]