Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Just when you think the fast-paced, industrialized, city life is dry and desolate, the Philadelphia Orchard Project brings nature’s beauties to brighten up Philly’s urban neighborhoods. As a nonprofit, community-based organization, the Philadelphia Orchard Project transforms vacant lots, schoolyards, community gardens and areas in low-wealth neighborhoods into green spaces to harvest useful and edible plants for the […]

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LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

Intersecting at 13th and Locust streets, the rainbow crosswalk represents more than lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers. It embodies the boundaries and obstacles crossed and overcome by the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia. In neighborhoods across the city, there are LGBTQ facilities that provide affordable medical treatments and education, encourage the exploration of self-expression, and promote a confident life. […]

 

University City: Penn Sprint Football Gaining Ground

University City: Penn Sprint Football Gaining Ground

On a cool, crisp, October night, Bill Wagner smiled as he watched his University of Pennsylvania football players practice on Franklin Field. Penn’s Sprint football team might be one of the lesser-known groups to have played on Franklin Field but the Quakers have quietly become a force in the sport. Since 1934, Penn has played in […]

 

University City: Drexel Lacrosse Player Looks Back

University City: Drexel Lacrosse Player Looks Back

The night of Dec. 8, 2012 had started off like any other Saturday night for Brendan Glynn, then a lacrosse player entering his senior season at Drexel University. Glynn was coming off a successful junior campaign in which he had 26 goals and 11 assists and was gearing up for what would be his final […]

 

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, […]

 

Sports: Five Bars for Fans of Out-of-Town Sports Teams

Sports: Five Bars for Fans of Out-of-Town Sports Teams

Philadelphia is known for having some of the most passionate fans in sports. Sometimes that’s a compliment. Other times, Philadelphians intimidate other team’s fans. For Philadelphia residents who are fans of out-of-town teams, gameday can present a dilemma. Is their team’s game being shown on their TV? Which bar might be showing the game they […]

 

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative provides custom job training to produce valuable workers for institutions like Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other major employers from day one on the job. WPSI is a part of University City District, an organization that promotes vibrancy in the area through community engagement. Sheila Ireland has been a director […]

 

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Although they make up just 12 percent of Philadelphia, the city’s Latino population is not shy about making their mark on the community. These are five people within Philadelphia’s Latino community who are dedicated to making a difference. These five people are a small sampling of the noteworthy Latinos who call Philadelphia their home.   […]

 By Amelia Brust and Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Hip City Veg Opens New Branch in West Philly

Spruce Hill: Hip City Veg Opens New Branch in West Philly

Fast food doesn’t have to be bad food. Hip City Veg opened its second restaurant, located on 40th Street across from Hamilton Village, on Oct. 11.  The vegan restaurant serves plant-based dishes in the form of familiar foods, such as wraps, cheesesteaks, burgers and fries. HipCityVeg opened its flagship Rittenhouse store in April 2012. “I realized […]

 By Matt Breen and Danielle Brown

Spruce Hill: Parent Infant Center Sets Grade For Early Childhood Education

Spruce Hill: Parent Infant Center Sets Grade For Early Childhood Education

The block corner, the cozy area and the alone station. Penmanship won’t be stressed here, so there’s no need for lined paper. Spruce Hill’s Parent Infant Center has taken a creative approach to early childhood education to build a premier program that believes itself to be an investment in a child’s future. The parents and […]