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Football practice at Kingsessing Recreation Center

Kingsessing Recreation Center is Southwest Philly's living room

This multi-faceted organization provides a place for both kids and adults to connect and better themselves, whether that's through a computer lab, youth sports or volunteering. It's a true neighborhood gem in our #OnTheGround home.


Connecting local kids to food

On the Ground: The Farm at Bartram's Garden cultivates community

Every year, this four-acre plot produces 12,000 pounds of food, welcomes 10,000 school kids, employs 22 high school interns, hosts 45 families in a community garden, distributes 80,000 seedlings, supplies 50 farmstands and welcomes 1500 volunteers. And there's more.

Strawberry Mansion

On the Ground: Home repairs help keep people in their homes

In neighborhoods like Strawberry Mansion, a complex patchwork of challenges -- including tangled titles, aging homes and long waits for programs -- can make it hard for residents to maintain their historic properties. A CDC is working to change all that.

The view from Bartram's Garden

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.



Gregory Heller

Working to connect low-income communities to development capital

Gregory Heller is CEO of American Communities Trust, a national community development partner that bridges the gap between the world of private investment and grassroots community change.

Chinatown

On the Ground: The Future of Chinatown

This ethnic enclave has beaten the odds and remained a vibrant, beloved, distinct neighborhood. As the forces of development and gentrification encroach, can Philadelphia's Chinatown strike a balance between growth and preservation?

Rendering of the 13th Street overpass in daylight

On the Ground: For businesses adjacent to the upcoming Rail Park, change is on the way

Momentum behind the conversion of the Reading Viaduct into a functional green space is building, and local business owners know that means radical transformation for Callowhill. Will this high-profile amenity make or break the neighborhood?

Akeem Dixon

Akeem Dixon brings the community into the development conversation

West Philly's small business owners have someone powerful in their corner. In his role as 52nd Street Corridor Manager for the Enterprise Center, Dixon helps the neighborhood thrive.

Building up Pearl Street

On the Ground: Asian Arts Initiative sews together the city's cultural fabric

This treasured Chinatown North institution has a mission that continues to expand and evolve. As the organization looks to the future, it's all about community engagement and supporting people of color as they help lead Philly forward.

The University City Science Center

With Steve Tang at the helm, the Science Center expands both its mission and its footprint

This University City institution continues to thrive and evolve, adding new buildings and innovative programs to support the next great Philadelphia companies. 

Yael Lehmann

(Food) justice for all in Philadelphia

Chatting with Yael Lehmann, executive director of The Food Trust, an advocacy organization working to improve food access, foster healthy communities and grow the market for local products. From Night Markets to educational programming, they're cooking up change.

Kensington

Making sure gentrification doesn't leave people behind in South Kensington

Can a community organization play matchmaker between job seekers and local employers? And can those efforts ensure that neighborhood transformation works for everyone? South Kensington Community Partners hopes to find out.

Newspaper

On the Ground: From West Philly to the Northeast to South Philly, local newspapers endure and evolve

Hyper-local publications have long been a staple of Philly's neighborhoods, providing residents with essential information on their communities. Even in the current woeful journalism landscape, these news sources are staying strong and heading online.

The teepee goes up

On the Ground: Philly Teepee pops up in Parkside

This creative placemaking project sparks conversations across the city. The teepee recently spent a sunny afternoon in West Philadelphia, providing a forum for kids to play and the community to converse.

The ShopRite of Parkside

A neighborhood grocery store that does it all

From fresh produce to banking to heath services, the ShopRite of Parkside offers an astounding array of resources to the neighborhood. Now they're looking to take their community-based model even further with a jazz cafe. Is this the grocery store of the future?

Childhood experiences can have a lasting impact

A recipe for success defeating a hidden public health crisis

Traumatic childhood experiences can impact mental health, but they can also have serious longterm ramifications for a person's physical health. This troubling echo can plague whole communities -- fortunately, Philly is at the forefront of tackling the problem.

Parkside's ascendent Community Development Corporation

On the Ground: The nascent Centennial Parkside CDC has energy to spare

Led by a man with roots in the neighborhood, the latest effort to establish a Community Development Corporation in Parkside also aims to create Philly's first Energy Improvement District -- using electricity to power development and rebirth.

The skyline from Upper Darby

We've got HUGE news: On the Ground is back!

Beginning in spring 2012, Flying Kite spent a year getting to know four amazing local neighborhoods. Now the innovative pop-up program is back and bigger than ever. Where are we headed next? You'll have to click through to find out.

Proposed improvements to Fabric Row

Sew and Tell: Fabric Row is Philly's next hot street

South Fourth Street is a commercial corridor in transition -- long home to the city's fabric industry, this Queen Village thoroughfare is attracting an increasingly diverse slate of boutiques, eateries and maker-centric businesses. 

Second Saturday in Collingswood

Collingswood: The small town for people who love big cities

This South Jersey hamlet is booming -- it boasts a vibrant downtown, wonderful restaurants, historic homes and easy access to Philadelphia. Get in on one of the region's hidden gems.

Linguica at Tio Pepe's

Discover the eclectic -- and tasty -- pleasures of a Northeast Philly 'hood

It's a United Nations of culinary delicacies in Castor Gardens. Whether you're looking for Brazilian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Indian or Jamaican, this often overlooked neighborhood has you covered.

A Neighborhood Time Exchange event on January 9

Neighborhood Time Exchange puts artists to work

An innovative new program gives artists studio space and financial support in exchange for tackling projects in the West Philadelphia community. And in a true twist, it's the neighborhood that decides the exact nature of those tasks. 

Community Connectors in West Philadelphia

Connecting the dots in Philly's neighborhoods

The Community Connectors program employs a diverse stable of advocates -- from high school students to crossing guards to stay-at-home moms -- to unify and energize neighborhoods across Philadelphia. 

ROCIO CABELLO and RENNY MOLENAAR

Creative Exchange: iMPeRFeCT Gallery

This Germantown gallery and community space celebrates artists with commitment at the intersection of high and low art.

Philly residents and police working together

Groundbreaking police-community partnerships offer ways to improve neighborhood safety

In response to some of the most essential issues of our time, dozens of communities across the U.S. -- including some in Philadelphia -- have formed effective, innovative partnerships with the police, improving safety and trust between residents and law enforcement.

Roosevelt Park

Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange, September 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

DesignPhiladelphia

Get pumped for DesignPhiladelphia 2014

The recently released schedule only confirms what we already know: This festival is one of Philadelphia's most exciting institutions.

UIX

UIX invites urban innovators from across the country to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in exciting new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this September 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation.

Night Market in Old City drew thousands

Night Market will bring thousands of hungry, thirsty, curious Philadelphians to Lancaster Avenue

For four years, The Food Trust's Night Markets have invigorated commercial corridors across the city, drawing hordes for strolling, snacking and engagement with the arts, while also providing an economic boost. On August 14, the phenomenon rolls into Mantua.

Downtown Pittsburgh

Statewide Spotlight: What smart cities can learn from Pittsburgh

With a culture of collaboration, a willingness to change and a focus on creating the kind of urban environment that attracts creative talent, the Steel City has moved from gritty to green and is now poised for the next wave of growth.

McGillin's Old Ale House

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Strolling in Media, Philly Beer Week fun and The Spruce Foundation's Gala

Check out our picks for the week's top events.

Ambler

Riding the (regional) Rails: Day-tripping on the Doylestown/Lansdale line

Many of Philadelphia's inner-ring suburbs are recapturing that Main Street magic -- their resurgent downtown districts feature cool bars, creative dining and plenty of charm. To explore, all you need is a SEPTA ticket and an open mind.

An Art All Night exhibit celebrating Yayoi Kusama

Statewide Spotlight: Across PA, artists help rebuild and unify up-and-coming neighborhoods

In an effort to upend gentrification and boost struggling areas, community groups and artists are banding together to throw blockbuster events and push creative development strategies.

William Penn High School

What's Next for William Penn High School?

Flying Kite continues our look at the fate of the city's shuttered schools. In North Philadelphia, a valuable neighborhood institution is caught between community interests and an ascendent university.



Germantown High School was built in 1914

What's next for Germantown High School?

This century-old neighborhood institution closed its doors last year. As with other schools shuttered by the district, its future is in limbo. Could it become a vocational school? A community space? A mixed-use hub? Time will tell.

Lancaster Avenue in Mantua

What does it mean to be a Promise Zone?

An area of West Philadelphia earns a prestigious national designation, but according to stakeholders and residents, this decree from President Obama is actually a symbol of the changes already underway in Mantua, Belmont, Mill Creek, Powelton and West Powelton.

2014's TEDx Philadelphia

TEDxPhiladelphia returns with a manifesto for the 'New Workshop of the World'

Friday's showcase of 'ideas worth sharing' made an argument for Philadelphia as 'The New Workshop of the World.' Speakers touched on education, development, access and modern manufacturing.

Over 100 Take Back Vacant Land supporters turned out at City Hall

A diverse coalition made Philly's groundbreaking Land Bank a reality

Recently passed legislation will help create the largest municipal land bank in the country. But what's truly miraculous is the motley crew of backers who helped make it happen, from developers to affordable housing advocates to urban farmers and community groups.

The Porch at 30th Street Station

All Aboard: Urban train stations redeveloped as neighborhood amenities

Transit hubs across the country have the potential to be more than just places we pass through on our way to somewhere else -- all it takes it a little imagination. The process is already underway at 30th Street Station.

Pizza-themed bike racks outside Kermit's Bake Shoppe

The battle for the future of Washington Avenue West

This post-industrial corridor is the living, breathing heart of South Philly. City planners, residents and local businesses all claim to share a vision for its future -- so why is change so slow?

Four Corners

On the Ground: Connecting the 'Four Corners' with an art show

Flying Kite celebrates a year On the Ground with amazing artwork from throughout the city.

Could this be the site of our next gem?

Filling the Void: Could a huge central lot go from eyesore to arts market?

If one enterprising South Philly resident has her way, a swath of long-vacant land at the corner of Broad and Washington could be transformed into the Philadelphia Arts Market, a seasonal attraction complete with fresh local food, regional vendors and live music. 

Center City clock

Flying Kite's 2013 Year in Review

Taking a look back at an exciting year on the site, and in the city as a whole.

Atlas of the City of Philadelphia (West Philadelphia), 1927

With vacant land in the news, Funeral for a Home takes a nuanced look at the demolition epidemic

This local project looks to craft a meaningful post-script for a vacant home in Mantua. A team from Temple is capturing the neighborhood's collective memory, and planning for the lot's post-demolition future.

Cedar Park Cafe

Cedar Park Cafe comes back from the dead, thanks to a little help from their friends

A devastating fire -- and bungled demolition -- led to tough times for a West Philly greasy spoon. Then the neighborhood got involved.

Junction Box in Denver

National Skyline: Creative Placemaking is transforming neighborhoods, here and around the country

Whether its in Denver, Minneapolis or right here in West Philadelphia, the integration of arts, community and place is transforming neighborhoods.

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On the Ground: Saying goodbye to Camden

We're wrapping up a year of On the Ground and saying so long to Camden.

CEO Phyllis Cater

Come for the health care, stay for the community-building

When the Spectrum Community Health Center opens in July, it will dramatically increase access to health care in its West Philly neighborhood.

Martin shows how a nearby mural has lifted the appearance of the area

On the Ground: Can art have an economic impact in Germantown?

Local leaders aim to translate creative energy and talent into neighborhood improvement. Pass the paintbrush.

Shelley Spector at the NextFab space

Inventing the Future: Local makers flex their talents at the city's 'gym for innovators'

NextFab Studio, Philly's open-to-all high-tech workshop, has new digs packed with 3-D printers, industrial textile machines, revolutionary software and much more.

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South Philly Food Co-op embarks on big membership push

Once the nascent neighborhood food mecca reaches 400 members, the search for a location begins.

Stumm on Passyunk Ave

Passyunk Post redefines local news

Albert Stumm's blog is essential reading for South Philly residents and would-be residents alike. Now a novel business partnership could lead to bigger things for this media startup.

Beth Miller in the AIA bookstore - Arch St

Q&A: Beth Miller of the Community Design Collaborative

The CDC and their stable of volunteer design professionals help community groups answer the big questions about the future of their neighborhoods' built environment.

Sandy Salzman in her Fishtown Office

A Fishtown native helps steward her neighborhood's radical revitalization

Sandy Salzman, Executive Director of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation, is a key force behind the stunning changes happening along Frankford Avenue and throughout Fishtown.

Alia Walker at the Earthkeepers greenspace - 51st & Kingsessing

YOU NEED TO KNOW: Southwest Philly's Sister Alia Walker

Flying Kite is profiling some of Philadelphia's under-the-radar revolutionaries. In this issue, a Southwest Philly urban gardener and activist.

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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

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.

Wiffle ball at Eastern State

Good Times: How New Young Friends of Fairmount Group Engages Neighborhood Newcomers

The group grew up over the summer and is poised to increase its presence with a fall cleanup and ambassador program.

A close up of the collage by the second floor residents

ON THE GROUND: The Quiet Hammering That's Moving Mill Creek Forward

Connecting to resources, building a community center and instilling pride where it has lacked are among the many tactics employed in this hard-luck West Philadelphia enclave.

Tiberino Mural

The Tiberino Mural: Philly's 'First Family of Art' Comes to City Hall

The long-anticipated mural, which will be across the street from City Hall on the Municipal Services Building, represents a wide range of Philly contributors.
 
 

Vikram Bellapravalu

Triple Threat: Three Philly Social Entrepreneurs to Watch

Launching a startup is hard enough, but Philadelphia is making a name for itself with entrepreneurs chasing the triple bottom line.

Star Bosacan

ARTS & BUSINESS: Star Shines for Tree House Books

Employees, volunteers and donors have tripled at this growing North Central Philadelphia nonprofit that is making its community smarter and more engaged.

Baltimore Ave Dollar stroll

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Night Market, Dollar Stroll, Founders day

Get $1 deals in West Philly, food truck fun in Mt. Airy and the city's hottest dance in North Philly.

Preston's Paradise at 839 Preston Ave.

Preston's Paradise Seeds Urban Gardening in West Philly

Ryan Kuck didn't intend to spread his love of community gardens, but organic growth has created more fresh food options in Belmont.

Eric Rabe

New Fels Report: Philadelphia City Government Is a Social Media Leader

An opportunistic and empowering approach, commitment from the Nutter administration and a comprehensive strategy put Philly in the top five among 108 cities surveyed in The Rise of Social Government.

Southeast Asian Boat Race

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: National Night Out, Boat Race, Bug Fest

Stroll with neighbors in Lower & Central North Philly, experience Southeast Asia on Penn's Landing and eat up some insects on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Smoothing it out

Food Trucks Take Over Brewerytown

The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association hosted the biggest event in its young history, a roundup of close to 20 local food trucks.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Free Fireworks, Discordinalia, Cars on Passyunk

Penn's Landing orchestra, Tiberino Museum Goddesses, East Passyunk motorheads = Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Lancaster Ave Second Friday

ON THE GROUND: Second Friday on Lancaster Ave Is Reborn

The revival was in full swing on Friday the 13th, with nearly 30 businesses participating and a variety of activities from 35th to 43rd.

The first floor of the Traction Company building, located on 4100 Haverford Avenue.

Traction Company: How 8 PAFA Grads Built the Most Dynamic Art Studio in the City

They're maximizing vertical space inside an old West Philly trolley manufacturing facility.

Lancaster

ON THE GROUND: A Photographer's Dream from Lancaster Ave. to Lincoln Highway

Drexel grad Mike Arrison's inspired work is on display for Second Friday at our On the Ground space at 4017 Lancaster.

J. Rudy Flesher, Amy Kiyota, Chris Alfano, Jamira Burley

Meet Four of Philadelphia's Next-Generation Leaders

We scouted out young talent in Philadelphia who are engaged in transformative work and figure to be among the city's next leaders.

West Philly Tool Library

DIY Dreaming at the West Philly Tool Library

They're building banjos, walking on the trapeze and reclaiming cemeteries, and they all come here to get the tools they need.

Bill Green

GREENSPACE: Building a Path to Leapfrog Other Cities in Tech

City Councilman at-large Bill Green has introduced three pieces of legislation he believes will move forward Philadelphia's Open Gov efforts.

4017 Lancaster Ave

FLYING PHOTO: Opening Night for Transformation 19104

Flying Kite's inaugural art exhibition, Transformation 19104, opened as part of Second Friday at its On the Ground HQ at 4017 Lancaster Ave. 

David Groverman

ON THE GROUND: One Man's Junk is An Entire Corridor's Treasure

The addition of David Groverman's Resellers Central Market to the 3900 block of Lancaster Ave. could mean big things for the corridor.

Jeff Jordan

ON THE GROUND: LGBT Church's Pastor Leads Parade of Celebration

Reverend Jeff Jordan and his partner David Pickett are also helping organize and mobilize voters in West Philadelphia where others dare not campaign.

Mirvis | Over the River and Through the Woods

ON THE GROUND: Artists Set for 'Transformation 19104' Exhibition, Friday's Opening

The Tiberinos, Traction Company and Liberia are all represented in the artist lineup for our inaugural exhibition at 4017 Lancaster Ave. this Friday from 6-9 p.m.

Art for the cash poor

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Reelabilities, Public Pianos, Art for Cash Poor

Films that reveal and inspire, 704 keys that don't play themselves, and some of the best art made in the city at bargain prices.

4017 Lancaster wide

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Night Market, Under the Stars, BYO BBQ

Taste NoLibs Friday night, Latino theater on Saturday night, and a classic West Philly party on Memorial Day at Flying Kite's new HQ.

Bonnie Macallister

ON THE GROUND: Call For Artists for Exhibition at 4017 Lancaster

Bonnie MacAllister returns to the site of last fall's exhibit for LOOK! to help curate Flying Kite's inaugural exhibit: Transformation 19104.

Union Transfer

Sound Effect: How A Music Venue Can Lift a Neighborhood

Neighborhoods often fight live music venues, but they might be missing out. The Boot & Saddle on South Broad is next.

4017 Lancaster Ave

Flying Kite Launches 'On the Ground' Neighborhood Engagement Program in West Philly

It's editorial barnstorming, and we're coming to a neighborhood near you for deep dives on local transformation.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Trenton Ave. Arts, Wheat Beer, Green in the 'Burbs

It's sculpture derby time in Kensington, craft brew and food in Newbold and energy independence day in Modena.

Karen Zinn abstract

ARTS&BUSINESS: Getting Strategic With Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

With help from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, KZB Advisors principal Karen Zinn facilitated a strategic plan that will help Isaiah Zagar's gang of mosaic magic-makers keep shining on.

Alexandra Schmidt-Ullrich, Will McHale, and Katie Winkler.

Philly Works Reveals City's Hidden Underbelly of Makers

This partnership that promotes Philadelphia's makers has a call for submissions for its annual Qualities of Life Philadelphia show through July 1.

Redevelopment from Spring Garden St, headed north

Are Pieces Finally in Place for North Broad's Renaissance?

Between Temple University and Spring Garden Street, recent developments seem to be creating a cultural and educational destination. 

262 E Sharpnack

Land Bank Legislation Needs Path for Donating Parcels to CDCs

With more than 20,000 vacant parcels posing significant costs on neighborhoods, there is little time to waste, says Anuj Gupta of Mt. Airy USA.

Burger Brawl

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Sacred Sites, Lost Treasures, Burger Brawl

An architectural walking tour in Rittenhouse, gritty photos under the El, and a beefy battle to build a computer lab.

Erica Falvey at The Vanguard School in Malvern

CAMPUS PHILLY: A Student, Teacher, and Healer Rolled Into One

Cabrini College senior Erica Falvey has impacted thousands as a student teacher, volunteer and nonprofit founder, including one of her professors.

The soda garden at Next American City's Urban Innovation Storefront

Viability of I-95 Removal Could Emerge By Late Summer

The three-mile stretch of highway is just one of the things Next American City's Diana Lind is impacting from its new Brewerytown storefront.

Rex

South Street West Comes of Age

West of Broad is abuzz with construction, rehab and lots of new businesses, establishing a new dining destination that's more livable than ever.

Save the Depot

Philly vs. Detroit: A Story Slam and Mistaken Identities

A first-time visit to Detroit reveals the makings of a true story of opportunity as First Person Arts' upcoming event reveals both cities' mistaken identities.

Ultimo Brew

Name Game: Branding Neighborhoods the Philly Way

What's in a name? Everything, and it isn't always easy to settle on one. We look at three neighborhoods in various states of branding.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Custom Jewelry, Latino Film, Spring Cleaning

Latin American Film Festival at International House, sterling silver at The Alternatives Museum in Wilmington, and it's clean-up time in the city.

PHL Libraries

Library in the City: More Use, More Cuts and a Roadmap to Stability

Prioritizing services and sustainable funding are among the policy challenges faced by the Free Library of Philadelphia, as outlined in a recent report from Pew.

Swann Memorial Fountain

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Outdoor Tango, Art of Sharing, Opera 4-D

Dance by the Swann Memorial Fountain, explore communal exchange at the Painted Bride and enjoy opera on The Porch at 30th Street Station.

Penn Public Policy Challenge

Policy Challenge: Pitching the School District as Real Estate Developer

Five teams competed for $10k and a shot at nationals, and the prize went to the innovative "Closing Schools, Opening Opportunities" plan.

Crop Mob

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Crop Mob, Freestyle Beards, Farm to Fest

Get dirty in the Brandywine Valley, celebrate facial hair at The Blockley and eat local and organic with hundreds of Philly's finest. 

Abu Kamara and Pete Groverman of Gravora

Exporting America: Groverman Blazes Global Entrepreneurial Trail

The third-generation entrepreneur's most recent venture, Grovara, aims to put 'Made in the USA' back on the map, and he's taking his friends along for the ride.

Archedream

FLYING PHOTO: Archedream a Little Dream of Me

The unique dance and theater group from South Philly has performed all over, shining a different kind of light on anger, death, love and war.

Joan Blaustein

TreePhilly: Why A 30 Percent Tree Canopy in Philadelphia Matters

There's lots of work to do in some neighborhoods, but private yards hold the best hope for this recently launched city program.

Stephanie Alleman

CAMPUS PHILLY: Meet the Temple Junior Who Left Her Rural School to Branch Out in the City

The Central PA native left school in Western PA and has found an oasis of learning in Philadelphia at Tree House Books.

Yemi Akanbi

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Transcontinental Tunes, Young Writers, Food and Funds

Yemi Akanbi's world folk at the Art Sanctuary, writers compete at Manayunk's Pretzel Park, 10 more funding proposals at Philly Stake.

Hack the Change organizers Pratham Mittal and Casey Rosengren

SMS SOS: Hack the Change Gets Local to Think Global

The Penn-organized weekend hackathon brought together students, developers and NGOs to identify and solve real-world problems, many through text-based tech.

View of the Swing Bridge from Schuylkill Banks looking west to Bartram Gardens

Unlocking Our Hidden River: Revitalization on the Schuylkill

A massive planning effort hopes to make connections in and around Southwest Philly, creating more usable open space, trails and jobs.

Marty Molloy

FLYING GUEST: The New Look of Community Action in Philadelphia

The recent merger of Greater Philadelphia Cares with the United Way of Southeastern PA has created a powerful resource for the region's doers.

What's Cooking at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Kitchen

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: How Creativity Works, To Save A Life, A Performance Kitchen

Author Jonah Lehrer talks creativity, the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival connects the city with a Nazi-era rescue, and a new arts space and producer launches.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Play/Pie/Pint Pt II, Leah Stein's Decade, Tool Time

Theater in the round, of sorts, returns to Society Hill, a celebration of dance at the Performance Garage and buy or sell at the West Philly Tool Library.

Trapeta Mason and Leslie Walker

Please Touch Museum Rises As Thought Leader for Early Childhood Development

Two million visitors since 2008 can't be wrong. Never has a children's museum been so thoughtful about its program's impact.

Bill Green abstract

GREENSPACE: Planting Seeds for Entrepreneurship in Education Via Familiar Model

The City Councilman introduces Philly SEED, based on Philly Stake's micro-granting through food model, to fund innovative education ideas.

City Food Tours

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Flash Drive Exhibition, Small Stakes, Aloha Food Tours

Find Flashfl00d's semi-secretive, downloadable exhibitions in Kensington,  help cover creative costs at Shot Tower, and taste the Flower Show at Smokin' Betty's.

Civic Hackathon abstract

Philly's Civic Hackathon: 'Tapping an Untapped Well of People Who Write Code and Want to Give Back'

Led by local Code for America fellows, tech aficionados, developers, civil servants and passionate citizens alike came together to hack a better Philly.

Ashley Peel Pinkham  Assistant Director - The Print Center

What Philadelphia Non-Profits Are Doing to Nurture Their Human Capital

As funding challenges mount, area non-profits are utilizing techniques to attract, grow and retain one of its most important resources: people.

Youngjin Yoo

inciteXchange: Ten Months Pregnant and Staring Into a Stranger's Eyes

Inspiration for innovation through technology and design was everywhere last week at the annual free event, including the power of passion.

Brat Productions

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Middle East Meets West, Reimagining I-95, 24-Hour Theater

Get with the WPO and hear an oud in University City, take the highway on the Parkway and stay up all night for The Bald Soprano in Rittenhouse.

PNC Black History Month Brown and Book

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: A Dance for All of Philadelphia

Philadanco founder Joan Myers Brown's personal and professional history reflects the hardships and triumphs of the region's African-American community.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Freaky Friday to Network, Incite and Laugh

Network with the in-crowd at Moore, witness innovation at inciteXchange at Temple, and reflect on comic images at Asian Arts Initiative.

World Class Greater Philadelphia leadership at the Focus 2026 unveiling

WORLD CLASS 2026: Economy League Unleashes Partners on Priority Areas

The next phase of the long-term initiative taps into its true power, with the Urban Land Institute, United Way and CEO Council for Growth tackling infrastructure, education and business.

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MOVING PICTURE: Temple Students Create Film Company to Examine Entrepreneurs

Ready Set Go is a series of short films that put a group of eight undergrads to the test, and one student hopes the experience will lead to his own startup success.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Beginnings, Development, Walkability

Storytelling and coffee in South Philly, neighborhood building in three acts in University City and walkability on the Parkway.

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The Healthiest Thing McDonald's Ever Did for Philadelphia

A year since opening, the state-of-the-art Kroc Center is transforming Nicetown and surrounding North Philly as a center for health and education.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Scratch Night, Permanent Wave, MLK Day of Service

Help create future Live Arts shows, support gender equality locally and volunteer your time.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Family Feud Stories, Waltzes and Treecycling

This week's holiday inspired edition takes you into 2012, whether you want to slam there, dance there or recycle there.

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FLYING GUEST: Bill Green on Why Business Tax Reform Will Get Done

Coupled with the coming revision of the city's zoning code, continued business privilege tax reform will send a clear message: Philadelphia is open for business.

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Heaven in Hunting Park: Transformation at Critical Mass

How to rejuvenate one of Philly's most important neighborhoods? Some $21 million, a focus on open space and healthcare, and a lot of faith.

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University City Could Be Next for Trolley Car Diner's Impactful Brand

Developer, restaurateur, and community activist Ken Weinstein has helped transform Mt. Airy and nearby communities with a grassroots approach.

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FK Insider: Avi Loren Fox, Narberth

The force behind sustainability nonprofit Narberth Greens is getting into the photography biz and has big things planned for her unique hometown and beyond.

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DESIGN NOTEBOOK: Remaking South Camden's Neighborhood Center

A Community Design Collaborative charrette aimed to use smart design to fix an outmoded community campus and create a new destination for the city's undeserved.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Latkepalooza, Serafin Strings, Unsilent Night

The holidays deserve to taste, sound and look this good. Get your latkes, classical strings and boomboxes ready for a stroll through Greater Philadelphia's best.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Fairmount Fling, Food52 at Deli, African Dance at Painted Bride

Eat, dance, celebrate. With family and friends at home to give thanks, give yourself a treat at Founder's Hall, Delicatessen or the Painted Bride.

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Group Think: Models of Collaborative Consumption Catch On in Philly

In Philadelphia, we share rides and workspaces and 3D printers, to name a few. As the concept grows nationally, our region stands to gain.

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Best of TEDxPhilly: Tough Talks and Origami

Speakers were as gritty as this year's theme, The City, and we tried to spread some old-fashioned folding fun down in The Fractory at Temple.

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MOVING PICTURE: PHS Tree Tenders Take to the Streets to Plant One Million

They learn in the classroom about tree biology, identification, maintenance and pruning, then get their hands dirty in an effort to restore the city's tree canopy to 30 percent.

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Elkins Park Food Co-Op Hits $4M Goal to Open Next Summer, Hiring GM

Turned down by 20 banks and four years in the making, the CreekSide Co-Op is finally ready to open its doors at the site of the former Ashbourne Market, a longtime community fixture.

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Cost of Living: How Expensive is Philadelphia?

When it comes to life in a major U.S. city, we are a surprisingly good deal, with lower rents than places like Seattle and Baltimore.

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What's Working in Cities: Placemaking's Power

With a premium on public input and economic development, placemaking is increasingly being employed in cities around the world.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: The Global Edition

We've got innovation celebration at Asian Arts, a specially prepared Uyghur Dinner, and a Geofest that promises to take you around the world without leaving Philly.

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Scalable Innovation: Science Center Panel, Temple Prof Explore Paths

Whether it's about saving lives or cities, innovation can be on a faster track in Greater Philadelphia, and here's how some of the region's brightest minds propose we speed it up.

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Q&A: Roz Duffy, TEDx Philly

Philly's stellar girl has the inside chatter on the talks that will take The City by storm on Nov. 8 at the Temple Performing Arts Center. Read on for 20 percent off your ticket.

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Deep Dive on Green Jobs Shows Many Shades of Opportunity

Green jobs can mean many things to many people. To our expert, they have the power to transform Philadelphia on many levels: economic, environmental and educational, to name a few.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Everyday Uncertainties, Rise and Fly, CAFe Arts

We've got checkers in West Philly, a mashup of texts and social media in University City , and a community arts festival in South Kensington on tap this weekend.

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Celebrate Flying Kite's First Birthday on South Street

We love a good party and you're invited to be a part of our celebration of Flying Kite's first year of covering what's next in Greater Philadelphia.

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Recognizing Stars and a New Direction in Yorktown

The marker honoring gospel legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s time in Yorktown signals a new era for this historic neighborhood.

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It's Not a Festival; DesignPhiladelphia Could Be Our Economic Savior

In its seventh year and now a brand agency, Hilary Jay's movement runs Oct. 13-23, putting forth its collective might with 150 public events.

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Fast Times at Sustainability High

It doesn't look or feel like a school, which is why this project-based learning experiment at the Navy Yard is already making a big impact on a diverse group of South Philly teens.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: River Wards Restaurants, Play-Pie-Pint, Urban Farm Happy Hour

In full fall harvest mode, our minds are focused on food and you can get the good stuff in Fishtown and Society Hill, or from Mill Creek's urban farm.

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It's Knight Time Again in Philadelphia

The chance to chase your arts-fueled dream is here. Almost $3 million is up for grabs, and it starts with a two-question application due the end of October.

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How to Make It In Philly As a Sculptor

Turns out Philadelphia is a pretty good place to be if you're a sculptor. Here's why, including a look at the careers of those who have molded success out of the city's many inspirations.

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Lots of Reasons to Cheer About University City

Projects totaling $2 billion and a healthy dose of collaboration have helped the pride of West Philly come a long way. All that's left is leveraging and messaging, says one of its leaders.

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Q&A: Rachel Cohen, Hand2Paw

The Penn senior from Abington founded a nonprofit that connects homeless youth with homeless animals, addressing two major city problems in one fell, loving swoop.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Free Opera, Cabin Dogs, RiverCity Fest

No washout for this weekend. Cool and clear are on the horizon thanks to Carmen on Independence Mall, cosmic Americana at Puck and Fishtown's finest.

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FK Insider: Mimi Harnish, Fairmount/Art Museum

This punk rock runner and budding make-up artist makes a big impact for canine cancer research at PennVet with her salute to Sarge.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Feria del Barrio, Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, Before and After Utopia

Plenty to do besides Birds-watching this Sunday in Jenkintown, Center City and North Philly.

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P'unk'd: A Model of Modern Civic Engagement in Passyunk Square

An inclusive approach and lots of energy helped the Passyunk Square Civic Association accelerate its neighborhood's march to urban vitality.


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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Mantua Day, Battles on Canvas, Emerald St. Farm

West Philadelphia old school rap and a NoLibs art throwdown on Saturday, and a Kensington hoedown on Sunday.  


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Fixing Fresh Food: Greater Philly's Co-Ops Find Their Way

A focus on members, organic growth and location are behind the increasing number of food co-ops here, creating a national model for making healthy and local food more accessible.

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Mind the Gap: Options Abound for Gap Years, But How to Choose?

There's no shortage of possibilities for the would-be gap-year taker, but determining the right fit and how to make it happen take some careful planning and research.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Build and Eat, Girls Rock Philly, Salsa Soiree

Help The Village impact North Philly on Thursday and rock with future stars or head to a pesto and salsa showdown on Saturday.

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Phila2035: Barriers, Destinations Among the Southland Tales

Accessibility and transportation at the Navy Yard are priorities for the perplexing, inspiring, and rapidly-changing Lower South District.

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Nothing Retiring About Philly's 60-Plus Population

No other large city in the country has as high a percentage of older residents, and the benefits of keeping them engaged are being reaped by all ages, all over the region.

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What's Working in Cities: Small-Scale Investment Recharges Chattanooga

An innovative nonprofit has helped transform this city in modest doses, forging a creative hub that has paved the way for even more growth in some of Chattanooga's most downtrodden sections.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Nighttime Strolling on Germantown, Baltimore Ave. and Race St. Pier

Walk, eat, and enjoy summer nights this week on Thursday in Mt. Airy and University City and on Friday at Penn's Landing.

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Phila2035: West Park District Residents Take Lead in Planning

Home to large cultural assets and smaller long-neglected neighborhoods, the West Park District is among the first to move forward with planning and development as part of the citywide Philadelphia 2035 initiative.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: ART / GAGE, Car Show, American Babies

Celebrate art at Philly's Magic Gardens. Get polished up for awesome rides on East Passyunk Ave. Soak in some rootsy sounds at The Blockley.

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Q&A: Jeffrey Lin, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Our city's low-cost amenities are among the traits making it desirable, but patterning Philly after Silicon Valley might not be wise, says this fast rising economist who also plays sax in a jam band.

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MOVING PICTURE: Match-Making for Non-Profit Boards

There was a match for everyone, and love was definitely in the air at last week's Young Involved Philadelphia event.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: PSL Summer BBQ, WebStart Women, Urban Farm Bike Tour

If you're into making things happen, start it up with Philly Startup leaders on Thursday. If you're in it for the ride, hit the urban farm tour on Saturday. If you're into the web, spin anew with WebStart Women on Sunday.

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Mind the Gap: Why You (Yes, You) Should Consider a Gap Year

Gap years are mostly popular in the U.K., but this Philadelphia U. student's series uncovers how they can transform the job prospects, resume, and spirit of any student -- or workforce veteran.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Jazz on the Ave., Philly Stake, QFest

If you're blue for jazz, head to Lancaster Ave. If you're up for ABBA, hit the Ritz. If it's local food and change you're after, visit Bartram's Garden.

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Q&A: Anthony Bracali, Friday Architects/Planners

The Drexel grad has nurtured Friday's community-focused brand of architecture, which includes a master plan for Reading Terminal Market, the Old Pine Community Center in South Philly, and soon-to-be-built skateboarding park near the Art Museum. 

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Radio Revolution: West Philly's Prometheus Promotes Stations by the People, For the People

Democratizing radio stations is the goal, and along with the Hacktory, this West Philly-based group of radio revolutionaries empowered others to join them in a class on how to build an FM tuner.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: The Gathering, Welcome America, Cinema Speakeasy

Our extended holiday version sets you up through July 5 and includes the sights and sounds of hip-hop, patriotism, and South Philly's growing Mexican community.

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Q&A: Jamila Payne, Greenspace

She's been an entrepreneur, fashion designer, community organizer, political candidate, and author. Up next: a green co-working space in West Philly.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Penn Museum Summer Nights, Manayunk Arts, Puerto Rican Eats

World sounds at Penn Museum on Wednesday, Puerto Rican and neighborhood pride in Norris Square on Saturday, and art on parade in Manayunk all weekend.

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International Philly: Indonesians Quietly Forge Strong Bond With City

The Southeast Asian nation of 17,000 islands and a significant labor surplus has an increasing presence in the U.S. Philadelphia's home to the nation's 9th-largest Indonesian community.

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MOVING PICTURE: Philadelphia2035 Master Plan Approved

For the first time since 1960, Philadelphia has a master plan, and it aims to thrive, connect and renew.

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Asian Arts Initiative's New Home Signals Nonprofit Innovation

The Convention Center expansion forced it from its old building (and old ways of thinking). From its new perch on Vine Street, AAI is welcoming all ethnicities, artists and changes in Chinatown.

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An Increasingly More Common Market: North Philly Group Sets Bar High for Local Food Distribution

Know where your cafeteria's lunch comes from? Common Market is changing institutional food from the inside out, sourcing food from local farmers and supplying it to schools, hospitals and corporations throughout the region.

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Q&A: Mark Alan Hughes, Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster

With $129 million dollars in federal money, the Navy Yard is poised to become a national leader in energy efficiency and this longtime Penn professor has the inside scoop on GPIC's vast potential.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Opportunity Fair, Block-Changers, and a Candle for Fourth Wall

If you need a job, head to Temple on Tuesday. If you've got a green thumb or warm heart, head to Germantown Saturday morning. And if you're into live art, hang on the Fourth Wall in Old City Saturday night.

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Q&A: David Stern-Gottfried, Sustainability Seeker

The Mt. Airy native has seen and done a lot since leaving for college. More than a decade later he's back to gain a foothold in the city's growing sustainability community.

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PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Kinectic in Kensington, Eats & Beats, Raise the Vibration

If you're a DYIer, go Kenzo. If you're into fresh food access, head over to West Philly. And if you're into everything, or at least open to it, find your spot on the lawn at Independence Mall.

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Soul of Our Community: Physical Beauty Means a Lot

Historic architecture and growing green spaces are large contributors to Philadelphia's aesthetic, a powerful pull for residents and others here, according to the Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community study.

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At the Crossroads in South Jersey: Business Booms in Collingswood, Haddon Twp.

This ain't no jughandle. At Cuthbert Blvd. and Haddon Ave., things are looking up regardless of which way you turn as two neighboring communities grow in different ways. 

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A Week for Technology, Philly's Future

Our writer ate, slept, and drank Philly Tech Week, which proved that the time is right for Philadelphia to become Open Data city and that arts and sustainability are finding the right connections in the tech community.

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Don't Look Up: The Rotunda Turns 100

Fittingly, there's no centennial extravaganza for the historic building in West Philly. There will simply be more of the same – a wide range of high-quality arts and community-building, including a site-specific dance performance this week.

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Debunking the List: We're Not Nearly as Toxic as Forbes Thinks We Are

Forbes points out the obvious - our industrial heritage - in ranking Philly atop its toxic cities list, but our own report finds that while we have some work to do, we live in an environment that's increasingly sustainable.

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Taking Up Residency: CEC's Terri Shockley Close to Transforming West Philly Arts, Community Mainstay

Community Education Center has been around for more than 30 years, serving artists and the community in a variety of ways. Its leader is its only full-time staffer and she is more determined than ever to grow CEC's impact and reach.

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Students Plant Philly's Trash Tree in Atlanta

Through the innovative nonprofit Multicultural Youth Exchange, children from New Foundations School in Northeast Philly made good use of trash they found with hopes of giving waste a second life.

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Q&A: Josh Nims, Schuylkill River Development Corporation

The 30-something, skateboarding South Carolina native is hard at work on Paine's Park, a mixed-use project that will give skaters and pedestrians more reasons to come to Philly and stay.

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More is Fresh: New Locations Abound in Our Farmers Market Spring Preview

Expanded locations, vendors and services are among the features driving the growth of farmers markets across Greater Philadelphia, set to re-open en masse in the coming weeks and bring area foodies out of hibernation.

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Hal Real Saved the Queen: World Cafe Live To Light Up Wilmington

The old vaudeville theater has stood vacant for a half century. The lights come on again April 1 with an established entertainment brand, but the $25 million project would not have been possible if not for a host of collaborators.

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Creative Change: LOMA Design District Gives Wilmington Identity, Redevelopment it Longed For

A large urban shopping mall has given way to a vast makeover of Lower Market Street, which is now home to a creative class that's organized, branded and ready to change the city.

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FLYING PHOTO: A Stroll Down LOMA Lane, Wilmington

We lost track of our photographer during our winter visit to Market Street in Wilmington, where a new creative class officially known as LOMA is creating a design district unto itself, and this is what he found.

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Does Philly Have An Image Problem?

We asked more than a dozen of the city's opinion leaders, game changers and gracious hosts that very question, and the consensus says that while we're often too hard on ourselves, we're good enough, we're smart enough, and people like us.

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Philly's a Little Bigger, Smarter and Richer

Wednesday was not your typical hump day. The U.S. Census reports the city's population grew by 0.6 percent and Philly was among 24 cities worldwide selected for an IBM Smarter Cities grant.

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Code for America Brings Philly Closer to Open Data, Civic Transparency

The city's Department of Technology and Code for America are working to make currently private data sets public, giving real time access to citizens and the opportunity for developers to create applications to use the data in new, productive ways.

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Q&A: Jamie Moffett, Filmmaker & Reading Viaduct Cheerleader

He has two feature documentaries under his belt and has added the long-proposed Reading Viaduct project to his list of inspirations and passions. He's leading a major push to promote the "park in the sky" at the Philadelphia International Flower Show this week.

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Deserving Preserving: Preservation Alliance Announces Award Winners

A mansion, post office, farm house, and stone bridge were among the projects that were recognized by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia as 2011 Preservation Achievement Award winners.

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EDITOR'S PICK: See Medusa Sing the Blues for An Important Theatrical Cause

Medusa is more than snakes and horror to Hannah Tsapatoris MacLeod, who is reprising the character to raise funds for her Naked Feet Productions company to produce a world premiere play she co-wrote for 2012.

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Planning for Health: How Philly is Building a Model That's Proactive About Public Health

Face it Philly, we're not as healthy as we'd like to be. Center City native Clint Randall's job is to help make the connection between city planning and public health, putting our region at the forefront of a growing trend.

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Achieving Your Non-Profit's Big Vision Like Jane, Jill and Sister Mary

Go ahead, dream big. The incredible women behind the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the United Way of Southeastern PA and Project Home once did, and they'll share their vast wisdom with the rest of us as part of an awesome non-profit development panel on Thursday.

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EDITOR'S PICK: "Of Mythic Proportions" Lifts Up Kensington Teens at Walking Fish Theater

The Barrymore Award-winning production, created from local teens' personal stories of violence they've experienced growing up, culminates with a public performance on Thursday.

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EDITOR'S PICK: Get Your Chess On with Philly ASAP

The after-school advocates are responsible for making chess matter to city kids and their families and welcome all-comers on Saturday to learn, compete and watch a local politician battle Philly's top students.

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Tree-Cycling: Smells Like Christmas Spirit

The Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association is among those keeping Christmas trees out of landfills by picking up where city programs have left off. It's going on this weekend (Jan. 8-9) across Philly.

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EDITOR'S PICK: Get Dirty in 2011 at The Clay Studio

Now's your chance to make something this year. Three winter classes start in the next week at the internationally renowned, non-profit promoter of the ceramic arts in Old City.

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Indicators That Matter: What to Follow in the New Year

No year-end lists or predictions here, just an honest look at some holiday break news that includes meds, eds and creatives and that's indicative of themes we'll be watching closely in 2011.

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The Philly Factor: More Young Talent Staying in Region

Campus Philly's recent survey reveals nearly half of non-native Philadelphia-area college students are staying in the region after graduation, a huge increase from a similar 2004 study.

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MOVING PICTURE: Down on Arts Street, Textiles Transform and Transcend

Kathryn Pannepacker and Handmade with the Homeless provide creativity as a tool for self-expression and community for those in transition, as well as some amazing crafts like scarves and ornaments.  

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FLYING PHOTO: Nobody Does First Friday Like Frankford Ave.

Even as temperatures dipped to more seasonally appropriate numbers, Frankford Avenue in Fishtown was a hotspot for First Friday, offering up tango lessons, country-western 45s, and free kittens.

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UPenn Funds Seven Sustainable Projects

A record number of applicants have produced a particularly impressive crop of Green Fund recipients, including a project that will install electric charging stations for car-sharing vehicles, announced today by the University of Pennsylvania

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CityRyde Confident About Approval of its Methodology for Bike-Sharing's Use of Carbon Offset Credits

Hitting a major milestone as the UN Climate Change Conference heats up, the bike-sharing experts await OK from Voluntary Carbon Standard Program as investment piles up.

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Icons as Paper Cutouts, Public Art Keep South Philly Artist Walking Fine Line

With religious and political figures among his subjects and public spaces his usual showroom, Joe Boruchow's art inspires thought or outrage. Decide for yourself in the friendly confines of The Bean on South Street, where his exhibit runs through Dec. 7. 

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GOOD NEWS: Narrowing the Digital Divide

The Comcast Digital Connectors program celebrated its impact over the last year, including students from Project H.O.M.E. and the People's Emergency Center who are learning how to develop careers in technology and their communities.

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WANTED: Technology Connectors to Boost Arts Organizations

If you're a technology pro with a thirst for the arts or community service, read on to learn how to make a difference with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. 

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TEDx Marks its Spot in Philly

The inaugural TEDx Philly event, a celebration of innovative ideas happening right here and right now, took over the Kimmel Center in Center City on Thursday. Here's why we thought it was awesome and can't wait for the next one.

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FLYING PHOTO: BarCamp Philly a Sold-Out User-Generated Blast

What do you get when you throw a few hundred techies and creatives together in Center City and let them decide what their day-long conference will cover? Photographer Jeff Fusco captured some of BarCamp Philly's user-generated brilliance at University of the Arts.

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Something to Bank On: City Partners Up to Boost Recycling Rewards Program

Monday is America Recycles Day and the RecycleNOW Philadelphia campaign announced big plans to further boost and incentivize recycling citywide. And it's even easier than separating paper from plastic.

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Citywide Fall Cleaning at 44 Parks

Led by an inspiring effort at Mt. Airy, hundreds of volunteers will be at Philly's parks on Saturday for an ambitious cleanup.                                                    Find out where and how you and your friends can help.

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Raising Girard: A True Community Effort Transforms Commercial Corridor

With transportation, commercial and residential developments surrounding Fishtown and Brewerytown, Girard Coalition begins a redesign of its strategic plan, hoping to connect the neighborhoods.

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Roz Duffy's November Rain: It's Pouring Innovation

Organizing two landmark events that engage and nurture innovation in the tech and creative communities, she might be the busiest woman in Philly this month. Barcamp Philly and TEDx Philly happen just six days apart next week, and they definitely won't be lame.

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Your Chance to Save the Endangered Assets of Your City

A new non-profit is helping a well-established one by challenging Greater Philadelphia artists to capture the region's physical history and encourage public awareness of endangered historic architecture.

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Q&A: Matt Bergheiser, University City District

University City is already a hub of sustainability. Off the Grid, a sustainability program created by the neighborhood's community development organization, is poised to bring together all of University City's assets in even more meaningful ways. 

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MOVING PICTURE: Manayunk EcoArts Festival

Suburban twenty-somethings, competitive bicyclists and arts/crafts makers move over. Manayunk is also a place for the green. The two-day Manayunk EcoArts Festival brings together the most innovative green businesses, artists and ideas.
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