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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.

Michael O'Bryan

Treating trauma at its roots

Sanctuary is a place of refuge or safety. In urban neighborhoods throughout America, sanctuary is a luxury that can be almost impossible to find. But Michael O'Bryan is working to bring that sense of security to North Philadelphia.

The skyline from Upper Darby

Urbanites are a powerful tribe -- if only they would talk to each other

Love cities? Then pay attention: Urban Consulate, a new program promoting interchange between city dwellers in three major American metropolises -- Philadelphia, Detroit and New Orleans -- is launching April 1 in Center City, with a slate of events to follow.


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?

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.


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.

A landscaped median on University Avenue

Growth Industry: Cultivating employment and entrepreneurship in an evolving Philly neighborhood

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative continues to find new ways to train and employ people in and around University City. Their latest program uses landscaping as a means to pull people out of poverty while also greening the neighborhood.

Commerce along 52nd Street

Taking it to the streets in West Philadelphia

Sidewalk vending has long been an institution on the 52nd Street commercial corridor, and now those non-traditional businesses are being modernized and incorporated into a grander vision of revitalization. All it took was a whole lot of compromise.

A historic space with an ambitious mission

A safe space on Broad Street

Broad Street Ministry feeds and serves some of the city's most vulnerable citizens, and now they're using modern tools such as data collection and crowdfunding to have an even bigger impact.


JOIN(t) Action: Igniting innovation on education and job growth

From building better internships to helping adults finish college degrees, this speaker series offered pathways to more dynamic and inclusive Philadelphia job market.

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. 

Training at Community College of Philadelphia

Innovative workforce programs will be 'Win-Win' for the region

From landscaping to neighborhood entrepreneurship to cutting-edge training, the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) announces four big grants to projects that should help Philadelphians create and fill good jobs.

Tawnee McCluskey

National Skyline: Want to get people back to work? Fill the basic skills gap

Low-income workers often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts says it's essential to invest in training. Yet despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find.


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.

Dick Zhang, founder and CEO of Identified Technologies

Pennsylvania companies looking beyond the bottom line

Whether they're disrupting summer reading, crafting a heat-producing window or inventing novel ways to save ink, these five ascendent entrepreneurs are growing their businesses, while also keeping an eye on their social impact.
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