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    • Julien Carrasquillo (right) is a 28-year-old leader trainee at Rivera Rec Center in Fairhill.

Attracting a younger generation of recreation leaders for the city

Each year, it takes an army of seasonal employees at Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to make the summer a little more hospitable. By the time public schools close in June, the…

    • Philadelphia is actively helping rebuilt Puerto Rico. In the picture, man retouching Puerto Rican flag in Norris Square Park.
    • Food donations are sorted by volunteers at the Unidos Pa' PR warehouse at 956 East Erie Ave.

Displaced by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans move to Philadelphia

Taina Gomez saw no other option. Over a month ago, she lost everything to Hurricane Maria. Her house near the beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was completely destroyed. Also gone was…

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ABOUT FAIRHILL

Fairhill, named after the earliest country house in Philadelphia, is a neighborhood in Upper North Philadelphia. The neighborhood spans from 10th Street to Front Street and from Cumberland Avenue to Allegheny Avenue. In the 18th century, the area was known for its farms and country estates, including the Fairhill estate, which played a crucial part in the area's cultural development. The building's owner, Isaac Norris, built this house to embody the country spirit and the simplicity of the local country life, but also modeled the estate after similar estates he had seen while traveling around England. The house was burned during the American Revolutionary War at the Battle of Germantown, but was later rebuilt around 1800. Today the area that was once filled with farm land is a vibrant collection of cultures and heritage. The neighborhood is predominantly Hispanic, having 10 times the overall percentage in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the area has also been associated with high crime and drug abuse, mainly because of its publicized drug market as seen in Steve Lopez's novel, Third and Indiana. However the neighborhood is fighting back with highly engaged civic associations and active community watch programs.

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