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    • olunteers teach young kids to play chess at the After School Activities Fair at Francis Myers Reaction Center in Southwest Philly on September 21, 2018.

In an 'out-of-school-time desert,' organizers connect kids to opportunities

Lisa Hall never did any extracurriculars while in school. She wants to change that for her two young children. “I think it exposes them to new things and I hope they…

    • Residents gather to join in the festivities at the 12th Annual Strawberry Mansion Day.

In Strawberry Mansion, anxiety about rising property taxes and a changing neighborhood high school haunt an annual tradition

They came out in droves on Saturday to celebrate the North Philadelphia neighborhood they love at the 12th annual Strawberry Mansion Day. On the grounds of Mander Recreation Center, the vibe…

    • J. Jondhi Harrell, Center for Returning Citizens

Philadelphia police want to turn street corners into career launch pads

People hanging out on the corner are often stigmatized as hoodlums or miscreants, but Philadelphia police officer G. Lamar Stewart sees something more “I see kings; I see queens. I see…

    • Ideas for how the pocket park  Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture might be used.
Eyes on the Street

In West Philadelphia, a park collaboration in progress

In a time of such rapid development, it is important for community members to access spaces that have a sense of openness, permanence, and stability.  That sentiment, voiced by an attendee…

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With Labor Day just ahead, Philly makes block-party permit seekers work harder

Philly loves a good block party. Philadelphia is the block-party capital of America, holding more of them than any other peer city, according to a 2013 Philadelphia City Paper article.…

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An appreciation: Jeremy Nowak challenged assumptions about what was impossible

The irony was that people always assumed things about him. Jeremy Nowak lived to challenge dusty assumptions and the soft thinking that emerges from the comforts of ideology. He was a…

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Eyes on the Street

Remember Asian-Americans in those cultural-competency conversations

“Where are you from?” “You speak great English.” While these statements no doubt can come from a good place from a non-Asian-American trying to break the ice or even make nice…

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Has Market at Fareway violated a 40-year covenant? Some in Chestnut Hill think so

Around 8 o’clock on a recent weeknight, Chestnut Hill’s Market at the Fareway is a hive of activity. Food vendors inside the old car barn are doing a brisk trade in…

    • Adia Onyango, a New York-based chess instructor and professional player, visited the 2017 Girls Chess Camp. |ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships
Eyes on the Street

Chess, and the power of girls to identify themselves as leaders

Bobby Fischer once famously said, “Chess is life.” In the city of Philadelphia, these words take on more truth than their simple appearance. It is because of this truth that over…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

At Penn summit, leading urban thinkers ponder a course correction

In his 2017 book "The New Urban Crisis," Richard Florida writes about an ongoing tug-of-war between two schools of thought among the urban intelligentsia: the Optimists and the Pessimists. Florida, who…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.
Eyes on the Street

The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum

PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust brings its popular Night Market to the Gayborhood, 13th and…

    • The former Pepper Middle School, closed in 2013 because of flooding issues.

Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

    • The structure at 2621 N. Jefferson St. in Brewerytown, as it appeared after the June collapse.

Investigation begins into deadly Brewerytown building collapse

A multiagency investigation has begun into the fatal Monday morning collapse of a building being demolished in the Brewerytown section of North Philadelphia. Inspectors from the Fire Department, the Police Department,…

    • Anglers cast their lines for catfish at Pier 60 off Columbus Boulevard

At waterfront development site, a popular DIY rec space hangs in the balance

As rush-hour traffic grinds to a halt along Columbus Boulevard one afternoon in May, a slow flow of bicycles moves in a perpendicular direction, intermittently cutting across the road toward the…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.

As Starbucks prepares for trainings, here's what Philadelphia knows about 'implicit bias'

You’ve entered a white space. This online publication, right here; it might be less obvious than looking at the demographics inside a Center City coffee shop, but there are digital signposts…

    • Luis Angel Chaparro Crespo, 16, watches the trains go by from the window of his North Philadelphia apartment. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

For Maria evacuees, a stable address is the first step out of crisis

The Chaparro Crespo family have been through a lot in the past seven months. Hurricane Maria left their town of San Sebastian, located in Puerto Rico's northwest region, without power and…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City seizing blighted Germantown complex owned by nightmare landlord

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is one step closer to seizing – and potentially redeveloping – a few dozen blighted properties once controlled by a powerful, now-defunct social service and housing nonprofit…

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Eyes on the Street

The Whitewashing of Center City: Where have all the black businesses gone?

By Erica Atwood Philadelphia has been my home for more than 20 years. Born and raised right across the bridge in Camden, NJ, I have spent my entire life cheering for…

    • zoning notice

Planning officials put proposed community outreach rules on hold

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Planning Commission put a hold on City Council legislation intended to overhaul community notification requirements about zoning changes. The proposed regulation was initially introduced as a public-safety…

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