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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.

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.

Smith Playground

Urban nature preschool lands at Smith Memorial Playground in Fairmount Park

When kids learn and explore outdoors, it has huge behavioral, emotional and educational benefits. This innovative preschool model, which has already been successful in the region, is coming to North Philadelphia. 

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.

The Iris Brown Townhomes, a WCRP community

Home Steady: Discovering new ways to house Philadelphians

In an effort to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly-changing city, the WCRP is tapping a fresh tool. The resulting Community Justice Land Trust aims to help local families realize the dream of home ownership and stay in their neighborhoods.

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. 

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.

The Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library

Building the library of the future here in Philadelphia

From innovative cooking classes to job training to community gathering spaces, the Free Library and its many branches are evolving to meet 21st Century needs. Now, thanks to a huge influx of funds, that process is more ambitious than ever.

Rodin Square

14 development projects that will transform Philadelphia

Flying Kite highlights some of the city's most inspiring and revolutionary projects, from the rescue of the Divine Lorraine to the Reading Viaduct's reinvention to luxury living in Logan Circle. There's a lot worth getting worked up over.
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