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On the Ground

Created in May 2012 -- and relaunched in August 2015 with support from the Knight Foundation -- On the Ground is an ongoing initiative that aims to dive deep into neighborhood transformation, embedding Flying Kite in a vacant or underutilized storefront or building for 90 days. During that time, Flying Kite engages with local, people, places and companies who are moving the neighborhood and city forward. This happens via weekly coverage, events and social media. After three months, it's on to the next neighborhood. 

On the Ground neighborhoods:

Aug.-Oct. 2015: Parkside, 4032 W. Girard
Fall/Winter 2015: Callowhill
Winter 2015/16: Strawberry Mansion
Spring 2016: Bartram's Garden/Kingsessing

Year One:

May - Sept. 2012: Mantua (West Philadelphia), 4017 Lancaster Ave.
Oct. 2012 - Jan. 2013: Frankford (Northeast Philadelphia), 4442 Frankford Ave.
Jan. - April 2013: Germantown (Northwest Philadelphia), 322 W. Chelten Ave.
May - Aug. 2013: Camden (New Jersey), 433 Market Street., Camden, NJ

On the Ground Features

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.

3-D Printing

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: A 3-D printing workshop, youth art in Callowhill and Philly's first big vegan fest

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


Drink Up with Flying Kite's Local Beer Garden Guide

Outdoor drinking venues are popping up all over the city. We've got a full report from three of Philly's most spectacular beer gardens: one in the clouds, one that recalls our industrial past and one always stays on the move.

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.
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