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ON THE GROUND: Channeling artistic impulses in Frankford

The young men behind Store on Frankford Avenue look to engage and educate local youth through street art.

Story Bellows

Q&A: Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics co-director Story Bellows

A chat with Story Bellows, co-director of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, touches on tech, communication and urban innovation.

Adrienne Justice and Jay Roselius discussing biz at Fireball Printing

Urban Fiber: The Loom provides a model for modern manufacturing

In Port Richmond, a former textile mill houses the region’s largest collection of artists, small manufacturers and entrepreneurs. 

Ray Gant motivating the crew

Ray of Hope: One Man's Journey from Prison Back to the Streets

Frankford's Ray Gant is beautifying blighted neighborhoods one at a time. He's featured in a new book called "Everyday Heroes."

Ucd Porch

Young Talent, Bold Moves: Behind the Scenes at University City District

A talented core of 30-somethings with diverse backgrounds, a willingness to try new things and a clear vision keep UCD's impact strong.

Frankford Mural

Community Paint Day, Opening of Transformation 19124 Set for Nov. 8

Help bring Cesar Viveros' grand vision for Frankford murals to life and see art in a sacred space, right on the altar of historic St. Mark's.

Frankford Fall

Presenting the Inaugural Frankford Fall Music and Arts Fest on Nov. 10

Eclectic acts perform on three stages, and we'll have beer, food trucks and arts and crafts for all ages, plus our Transforamtion 19124 exhibit.

Jim Smiley, left, and Bob Smiley of the Frankford Gazette

Frankford Gazette's Father-Son Team Restores Faith in Print

The indie, upstart newspaper's goal is to get Frankford residents engaged in civic matters, and it just got its first sponsor to triple its circulation.


DaBottom4: Meet the Kids Who Run West Philly

Mantua is changing thanks to the vision and determination of its youth: "You can’t let someone outside of your community come in and decide for you."

St. Marks

ON THE GROUND: The Hard Road to Frankford Leads Us to St. Mark's

We'll document transformation from 4442 Frankford Ave. and try to connect locals and outsiders alike to this cavernous institution.

Tivoni in his yard.

Tivoni Devor's Philadelphia: Urban Affairs Coalition, Newbold, and Prosciutto

He is helping the fiscal sponsorship agency grow in many ways, not unlike the work he does around his home and neighborhood.

Diamond and N Marshall st

Prioritizing Preservation in Philadelphia's Land Bank Legislation

Lessons from the Rust Belt could come in handy as Philadelphia's proposed land banking bill attempts to balance opportunity with regulation.

Ready Willing and Able

FLYING PHOTO: Ready, Willing & Able to Clean, Green Vacant Lots

The nonprofit program has partnered with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society since 2003 to clean and green vacant lots across the city.

Drink and Draw at Locust Moon

Locust Moon Comics' Expansion Draws Cartoonists Together

An event and gallery space is a product of combining two adjacent storefronts near the corner of 40th and Ludlow Streets.

Robert Mason, Khalil Boyd, and Bailey Ricks inspect the growth of their wall garden with Claire Cohen.

Schools of Success: Filling Needs at Belmont Charter

Principal Claire Cohen meets students "where they are," developing collaborations that address many dire needs in West Philly.
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