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Fairmount Park: Historic Homes Have Stories to Tell

Fairmount Park: Historic Homes Have Stories to Tell

The Charms of Fairmount Park are six historic houses with six different stories to tell. Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford are maintained as historic house museums. Some people have visited all of them while others have never heard of them. In recent years, fewer people are visiting the […]

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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 […]

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Strawberry Mansion: A Veteran Community Leader Hopes for Community Enrichment

Strawberry Mansion: A Veteran Community Leader Hopes for Community Enrichment

Denise Clark, a Strawberry Mansion resident for more than 50 years, serves as the vice president of the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation. Clark helps guide the CDC to new heights while keeping the past in the present mind of Strawberry Mansion residents. Clark also ensures the growth of the community through her involvement with […]

 By Carine Lavache and Stephanie Hirsch

Strawberry Mansion/Allegheny West: Loaded with History Worth Visiting

Strawberry Mansion/Allegheny West: Loaded with History Worth Visiting

Strawberry Mansion and Allegheny West have been marred by news reports of violence and drug problems for many years. What people may think are dangerous areas in North Philadelphia are unique subdivisions with their own rich history, from the Revolutionary War period to the modern era. These neighborhoods hold secrets to the past that enrich these […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Therapist Offers Alternative Form Of Therapy

Strawberry Mansion: Therapist Offers Alternative Form Of Therapy

Ronald Crawford sat at his desk in his office at Stop and Surrender, an alcohol and drug treatment facility, as he gathered his curriculum for his latest group therapy session. The difference with this session is he needed his black Logitech speakers. The reason? Crawford uses hip-hop therapy. Hip-hop therapy consists of analyzing rap lyrics […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Recreation Center Helps Children Learn and Grow

Strawberry Mansion: Recreation Center Helps Children Learn and Grow

Children gathered their backpacks and lunches as they got ready to leave the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center. The recreation center, located near the corner of 22nd Street and Sedgley Avenue, provides children with a safe learning environment where they can take part in various activities. C.B. Moore, a three-floor facility, sits on 6.2 acres […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Widener Library Block Party Teaches Vocabulary

Strawberry Mansion: Widener Library Block Party Teaches Vocabulary

It was a sunny and cool afternoon for the Widener Branch Library’s first Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative block party. Words at Play, hosted by PNC, is a community-wide initiative to show the importance of learning vocabulary at a young age through playing, singing and reading. “It helps families teach their children how to learn new […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Resident Teaches Responsibility Through Horses

Strawberry Mansion: Resident Teaches Responsibility Through Horses

Al Lynch was born to be a horseman. Almost literally. He was born at a horse stable at 27th and Dauphin streets while his father was feeding horses. Lynch developed his love of horses while growing up in Strawberry Mansion. His father had his own horses and would also utilize them for jobs such as hauling, […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Five Public Resources

Strawberry Mansion: Five Public Resources

Since the late 1880s, Strawberry Mansion has been a residential neighborhood. There are many row homes and people sitting and talking to one another on their front steps. In addition to residential spaces, Strawberry Mansion is home to public places that serve as helpful and beneficial resources for the community. Mander Recreation Center The children […]

 

North Philadelphia: Keeping the Strawberries in Strawberry Mansion

North Philadelphia: Keeping the Strawberries in Strawberry Mansion

On April 25, residents, volunteers and workers came outside during National Garden Month to weed, mulch and plant a new strawberry patch at the Fairmount Park orchard shared by Woodford Mansion and Strawberry Mansion. Leaders and organizers of the event such as Phil Forsyth, executive director at Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP), began by explaining the day’s plans […]

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