Walnut Hill: Community Rebuilds Park From The Ground Up

Walnut Hill: Community Rebuilds Park From The Ground Up

Community members in Walnut Hill gathered in a collaborative effort with the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and the Enterprise Center to rebuild the Walnut Hill Park creating a safe and relaxing space for children and families.   An ongoing project since 2007, Walnut Hill Community Association and the Enterprise Center Partnerships Manager Lorna Peterson, went […]

 

Walnut Hill: Community Association Encourages Residents to Stand Up and Be Heard by Voting

Walnut Hill: Community Association Encourages Residents to Stand Up and Be Heard by Voting

Walnut Hill Community Association President Horrace Patterson believes that the primary election and November general election could impact the community significantly. As president of the association for the past four years, Patterson finds that drugs, crime, cleanliness, schools, abandoned buildings and vacant lots are plaguing the community. “In my opinion, Mayor Nutter hasn’t done anything directly […]

 

Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill: Local Bands Gear Up for Clark Park Fest

Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill: Local Bands Gear Up for Clark Park Fest

Since 1970, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival has been a summer staple in the West Philadelphia area, attracting local musical acts, artists and vendors. This year’s festival is at the end of the month, but preparations have been underway since late March. “There’s a number of different attractions we have,” said Joshua Craft, owner […]

 

Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill: Armed Robbers And Increase in Crime Spur Community Safety Efforts

Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill: Armed Robbers And Increase in Crime Spur Community Safety Efforts

On the evening of March 12, a resident of the West Philadelphia community was robbed at gunpoint at the intersection of 46th and Hazel streets. Detective Joseph Murray, one of the West Philadelphia community’s main sources for information on crime, released a statement on Twitter about the robbery, stating that the suspect was wearing a gray hoodie and […]

 

Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill: Five Community Leaders You Need to Know

Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill: Five Community Leaders You Need to Know

One of the most immediately distinct things about Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill are the many communities that these areas contain. Whether they are drawn together by religion, proximity or shared cultural backgrounds, the people in these communities are the lifeblood of the area. The five people below are community leaders whose actions help to […]

 By Bradley Feldman and Khanhly Nguyen

Walnut Hill: Local Hardware Store is Century Old Staple

Walnut Hill: Local Hardware Store is Century Old Staple

When most people think of a hardware they immediately think of the big national chains Home Depot or Lowe’s. Yet, for many in Walnut Hill, their hardware store is not a national chain. The Monarch hardware store, located at 4502 Walnut Street, has been a community staple since 1929. While this store originally opened in 1904, the […]

 By Amanda Kerstetter

Walnut Hill: Painting of Paul Robeson Unveiled

Walnut Hill: Painting of Paul Robeson Unveiled

[vimeo 45065280] Sixteen years have passed since Philadelphia artist Vaughn Stubb began painting “A Life: Paul Robeson.” The painting was created piece by piece and slowly put together like a puzzle. Stubb is a multidisciplinary artist who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia after serving in the military during the Vietnam […]

 By Matt Breen and Danielle Brown

Walnut Hill: Caregarden Stands Out In Child Care

Walnut Hill: Caregarden Stands Out In Child Care

The two dozen letters squeezed on the paperboard sign delivered a message louder than the 10 syllables intended. The grand opening of a new childcare center on 46th Street near Market Street in Walnut Hill was marked with a set of bubble letters, filled in with washable marker. The sign promoted that the center was […]

 By Colin Gerrity

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

[vimeo 40847021] Broken tree branches, cracked sidewalks, cluttered paths. These issues should be routine maintenance. But with the uncertainty of proper funding to the Parks and Recreation Department, these problems could continue to increase and spiral out of control. On April 17, members of the Friends of Clark Park joined with 250 enraged citizens inside […]

 By Matt Breen

Walnut Hill: Police Headquarters May Give New Life to Vacant Building

Walnut Hill: Police Headquarters May Give New Life to Vacant Building

[vimeo 39813764] As the elevated subway car rolls into the nearby station, the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building sits perfectly silent, serving as a nod to Walnut Hill’s storied past. The sprawling 15-acre site has been mostly dormant since the Philadelphia-based insurance company left it behind nearly three decades ago. Overgrown trees cover the […]