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Flying Kite is #OnTheGround in Kingsessing!

The African Cultural Alliance of North America has been a vital community resource in Southwest Philadelphia for more than 15 years. They're also our new host. We’re looking forward to this exciting summer collaboration.
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The South Philadelphia Library opens on Broad Street

The Free Library’s newest branch has partnered with healthcare and recreation providers to boost wellness, literacy, fun and community connections.
Development News

New life for vacant lots in Southwest Philadelphia

Major players in the preservation of natural habitats are teaming up with the local community to reclaim vacant lots in Southwest Philly.
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What’s next for the Philadelphia School District?

The latest Exchange PHL breakfast focused on an update from the School District on initiatives from recycling to reading that are revving up across the city.
Feature Story

Happy Fourth of July from Flying Kite

We're taking a break to eat some burgers and watch some fireworks. See you on July 12 with a brand new issue!
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Public pools open across Philadelphia

Trying to escape the heat? Philly's plethora of public pools are opening over the next few weeks. Take advantage of this urban amenity before its too late.
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Prepping for protests at the DNC

Philadelphia is preparing for protests in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention -- local leaders hope to keep them peaceful and permitted.
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Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival returns, hopes to learn from its mistakes

Last year's fest was a bit of a disaster, but organizers have learned from those missteps and hope to mount a more successful -- and tasty -- event. 
In The News

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia ReStore hits $1 million in sales

The nonprofit home improvement store and donation center on Washington Avenue exceeded its year-one projections.
Feature Story

Bike, learn, grow, row or wed at Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philly

This historic site is reinventing itself for the 21st century, emphasizing both attracting new visitors -- with help from an ambitious trail project -- and connecting with the surrounding neighborhoods.
Development News

The K&T Trail is officially underway on the Delaware

The communities of Wissinoming and Tacony -- along with regional walkers and bikers -- will have new access to riverfront green space thanks to the latest piece of The Circuit Trails to break ground.
Innovation News

Pennovation Center wants to get inventors into the garage

Where can innovators go to change the world? How about the garage? They’re available for lease at the new Pennovation Center.
Development News

Chester Charter School for the Arts breaks ground on new $25 million campus

The first new school building in Chester in decades is under construction, preparing to welcome students in fall 2017. 
Innovation News

Empowered CDC expands community-driven change in Southwest Philly

While not the only CDC in the neighborhood, Empowered CDC has accomplished a lot in its two years, and is looking to keep the partnerships rolling.
Innovation News

Intergalactic Geographic Retrospective lands at the Science (fiction!) Center

The University City Science Centers' Esther Klein Gallery is greeting summer with a lighthearted, farcical exhibition based on science fiction and comic books.
In The News

Vogue lauds Fishtown's food and drink favorites

The fashion magazine makes an argument for this neighborhood's myriad awesome dining and nightlife options.
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41 million people visited Philadelphia last year -- the most ever

Last year set a new benchmark for Philadelphia tourism and things show no sign of slowing down thanks to the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
In The News

Philadelphia named top city for millennials, even if they don't know it yet

While millennials tend to crave a New York lifestyle, a recent survey finds that Philadelphia would actually be a much better place for them to live. 
In The News

Museum of the American Revolution sets opening date

Construction at the new Old City site is moving fast, and the museum is set to open next spring.
Development News

Development News: PHS pop-up garden is a preview of partners' hopes for upcoming Viaduct Rail Park

On opening night, the line for the newest PHS pop-up garden stretched all the way up the block. This installation promises to be a top new summer destination for Callowhill, our old #OnTheGround 'hood.
Innovation News

This summer, the Pennovation Center opens sought-after wet lab space for small startups

Sometimes the ideas themselves aren’t the challenge: it’s finding the proper space to develop them. New labs at the Pennovation Center offer a solution.
Development News

Stunning Free Library renovation enlivened by $50,000 art contest: Apply Now!

A nationwide call for artists opens as the Free Library gears up for major renovations. 
Innovation News

Sick pet? The One Health Company sends clinical trials to the dogs

The One Health Company, a University City Science Center startup, has a new model for pre-clinical trials using sick pets.
Innovation News

What's on tap at The Oval for summer 2016?

For the fourth year, a prime eight-acre space on the Parkway will be transformed into a pop-up park and beer garden.
In The News

Federal Donuts expands to Nashville, Miami

The local chicken-and-donuts chain continues its quest for world domination, announcing plans for locations in Miami and Nashville. 
Feature Story

Mifflin Square's food vendors have been shut down. Now what?

Long a favorite of foodies and neighborhood families alike, the Southeast Asian snacks on offer in this South Philly park are no more. But the crackdown doesn't necessarily mean the end, as local organizations rally to regulate and revive the vending.
Innovation News

UPenn's Parker Institute works to fight cancer with new immunotherapies

Tech zillionaire and philanthropist Sean Parker has made a massive contribution to cancer research, establishing the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at locations across the country, including UPenn.
Innovation News

Philadelphia Public History Truck brings 'a houseless museum' to Asian Arts Initiative

The Philadelphia Public History Truck wraps up a year in Callowhill/Chinatown North with a multifaceted community exhibit at Asian Arts Initiative.
Feature Story

Animal Kingdom: Can Philadelphia become a "no-kill" city?

Philly is poised to become a leader both in the humane treatment of shelter animals and the prevention of stray and abandoned pets. Flying Kite takes a look at several organizations working hard to make the city friendlier for its furriest citizens.
Feature Story

Say goodbye to the University City you know

Whether it's Drexel's Schuylkill Yards strategy, the Science Center's uCity Square expansion or visions for capping and developing the rail yards north of 30th Street Station, the neighborhood we see today is not long for this world.
Feature Story

Our editor's 26 favorite dishes in Philadelphia

Looking for something tasty in the City of Brotherly Love? Check out this list of beloved menu items from across Philly. We've got it all: cheesesteaks, fine dining, Mexican eats, ice cold coffee, hot dumplings, and much more.
Innovation News

Weckerly's Ice Cream to open its first retail location in Fishtown

In 2016, the beloved artisan creamery will open its first retail counter on Girard Avenue. 
Feature Story

Avoid the Obvious: A visitors guide to the REAL Philadelphia

Lonely Planet recently named our fair city the top U.S. destination for 2016. As a new wave of tourists and transplants discover all Philly has to offer, here are some tips to getting off the beaten path.
Feature Story

A fresh take on a neighborhood stalwart in Queen Village

Situated on the corner of 4th and Bainbridge Streets at the gateway to Fabric Row, Southwark, a beloved bar and restaurant, is under new management. Chris D'Ambro and Marina De Oliveira have kept the soul of the place intact while freshening up the space and menu.

Founders

Randy Rayess of VenturePact

Randy Rayess of VenturePact

Neighborhood/City: University City

This UPenn student and his partner are investing product development expertise, not dollars, into startups and figuring on a better return.

Rob Gilfillan of Cenero

Rob Gilfillan of Cenero

Neighborhood/City: Wayne

His company has grown sales by 3,000 percent since its 1999 founding and now has 70 employees producing AV conferencing solutions.

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The New Kensington Community Development Corporation has prominently strengthened the social and economic fabric of this proud and changing area with a focus on sustainable development and community building. Whether it's the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, the Sustainable 19125 Farm Dinner, or one of the Healthy Neighborhood Nights, this diverse and culture-rich area is a burgeoning hub for young couples and families and creatives.