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South Philadelphia: Q&A with Peter Zutter, President of South Broad Street Neighborhood Association

South Philadelphia: Q&A with Peter Zutter, President of South Broad Street Neighborhood Association

Peter Zutter, a longtime resident of South Broad Street and president of the South Broad Street Neighborhood Association, has seen his neighborhood go through many different changes in zoning, density and makeup of population. The association is the registered community organization, or RCO, for the boundaries of Washington Avenue to Oregon Avenue and 13th Street […]

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Manayunk: Kevin Smith Fights for Development that Makes Sense

Manayunk: Kevin Smith Fights for Development that Makes Sense

Kevin Smith is president of the Manayunk Neighborhood Council, a not-for-profit civic association dedicated to promoting a unified and sustainable community in Manayunk. Smith, who was raised in Southern California and moved to Manayunk about 20 years ago, sat down at Volo Coffeehouse on Main Street to discuss some of the issues and projects the […]

 

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education is one of the foundations of society, and yet schools in Philadelphia are hemorrhaging cash due to rising costs and stagnant revenues. Many have been forced to cut back on everything from school supplies and textbooks to programs and staff. Some have even closed their doors due to decisions by the School Reform Commission […]

 

Chinatown: A Community Leader Who Learns from Challenges

Chinatown: A Community Leader Who Learns from Challenges

John Chin, 49, the Executive Director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), was born and raised in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. As Chin comfortably sat in the black swivel chair with a nice white dress shirt tucked into his black slacks, he began to share the beginnings of the corporation. PCDC first opened its doors in 1966, […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Community Group Spearheads Change in Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill: Community Group Spearheads Change in Chestnut Hill

Will Detweiler moved his family from a small farm in Montgomery County to Chestnut Hill in the late 1960s. Detweiler was drawn there by a number of factors, but the community itself was at the forefront. “The ambiance, the quality of life, the spirit,” said Detweiler. “This community has love, appreciation and enthusiasm for Chestnut […]

 

Callowhill: Post-Industrial Area Continues to Evolve

Callowhill: Post-Industrial Area Continues to Evolve

Past: Sewing Industry Centralized in Callowhill “The sewing industry was very prominent in the Callowhill neighborhood before the early 1990s,” said Bob Weinstein (right). Weinstein’s father bought the building at 1025 Cherry St. for a commercial sewing machine business in 1951 and Bob Weinstein has been working in the area since 1961. In 1992, Weinstein […]

 

Mantua: Bringing Down The House with Pastor Harry Moore

Mantua: Bringing Down The House with Pastor Harry Moore

Walk near the corner of 37th and Wallace streets on a Sunday around noon and the red-and-white brick building will be screaming at the top of its lungs. It’s not the building itself, but the pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, mid-sermon, preaching scripture to his parishioners. Taking giant gulps of air in between short […]

 

Spruce Hill: Resident Community Organizations Work Together to Help Neighborhood

Spruce Hill: Resident Community Organizations Work Together to Help Neighborhood

Lee Huang has lived in Spruce Hill for 20 years. For 14 of those years, he has been a homeowner, and for nine years, a parent. He is also a member of the Spruce Hill Community Association, one of Spruce Hill’s two registered community associations (RCOs). SHCA supports and works with residents and businesses located […]

 

Spruce Hill: Historical Society Votes ‘Yes’ On Mansion-Preserving Construction Plan

Spruce Hill: Historical Society Votes ‘Yes’ On Mansion-Preserving Construction Plan

Members of the University City Historical Society voted unanimously to support a new proposal for construction on the historical mansion on the corner of 40th and Pine Streets. The proposal will allow for the preservation of the now-abandoned 19th-century mansion. “We are an historical society, so as you expect, we’d like to see it preserved,” […]

 By Kaitlyn Rocks and Jennifer Babu

Pennsport: Long-time Residents Concerned Over Housing Constructions

Pennsport: Long-time Residents Concerned Over Housing Constructions

The construction of new houses on Reed Street in Pennsport is expected to bring new and younger tenants into the neighborhood. Long-time residents do not mind the changes but there are a few issues. “This has been going on since this summer,” Jim Daly said, a resident of Reed Street since the 1930s. The construction […]

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