March 26, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA At SEPTA's Temple University rail station, the rumble of trains fittingly drowned out Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. as he announced Monday that the city was in the running for a $30 million federal grant for neighborhood improvements. The SEPTA viaduct presents both a real and symbolic barrier to opportunities in the blocks around Temple University. To the west of the viaduct is the Temple economic juggernaut. To the east is a struggling North Philadelphia neighborhood feeling the pressure of gentrification.
December 5, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Aiming to turn a part of North Philadelphia into a "community of opportunity," city leaders announced the opening Tuesday of a 120-unit housing complex that has earned a national honor for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. At Ninth and Berks Streets, next to SEPTA's Temple University Regional Rail station, Mayor Nutter and other officials cut the ribbon on Paseo Verde, a "transportation-oriented" development. The three-story complex, whose name translates to "green walk," runs along Ninth from Berks to Norris Street.
October 1, 2010 |
Almost 10,000 people from the region are expected to travel to Washington tomorrow to help draw attention to the need for more jobs and better education. The "One Nation Working Together" rally will be held at the Lincoln Memorial from noon to 4 p.m. and will include members of the Philadelphia NAACP and Asociacion Puertoriquenos en Marcha (APM), a Philadelphia-based Latino health, human-service and community-development agency. The rally is described as nonpartisan but is expected to draw more than 400 mostly liberal organizations, including the NAACP, APM, labor unions and gay-rights groups.
August 6, 2010 |
GROWING UP east of Temple University in North Philadelphia, amid frightening ethnic tensions and the blight of trash-filled vacant lots and boarded-up rowhouses, Nilda Ruiz was consumed by an urban dream: Why, she wondered, can't inner-city Puerto Ricans and African-Americans live in harmony in beautiful houses with gardens, just like the suburban families she glimpsed through car windows on trips along Routes 611 and 29 to visit friends?...
June 15, 2010 |
LAST MONTH saw the release of the first annual Greenworks Philadelphia progress report, and we celebrated the city's move toward a greener, more sustainable future in my neighborhood at 9th and Norris. Mayor Nutter visited to report on the city's sustainability plan and tour many of the sustainability efforts led by Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and the residents of eastern North Philadelphia. In just one year of the Greenworks program, neighborhoods across the city are starting to enjoy more green space and energy-efficient buildings and healthier citizens.
April 3, 2007 |
Latinos are in the news, but often as voiceless victims, criminals or protesters. We are talked about, but it is extremely rare, particularly in mainstream media, that we are talked to. The constant drone of cable analysts and pundits on immigration, few of whom are Latino themselves, shed little light on the accomplishments and goals of millions of citizens of Hispanic origin. Like most Americans, Latinos work hard for themselves, their children, and their families' futures. Immigration is important and needs to be revamped in the United States because what we have is not working.
August 18, 2006 |
Jesus M. Sierra Sr., 66, of Olney, a founder and former head of Asociacion de Puertorriquenos en Marcha, one of the largest housing and social-services organizations for Latinos in the state, died Sunday of heart failure at Albert Einstein Medical Center. "Jesus created a great program for Latinos," said Nelson Diaz, a former Common Pleas Court judge and former city solicitor, now a Center City lawyer. "He started APM in a little storefront in North Philadelphia more than 30 years ago and accomplished more than anyone could ever expect.
April 27, 2000 |
Philadelphia is cursed with abandoned buildings, trash-filled lots, abandoned cars, graffiti and the street crime such conditions attract. But the city is also blessed with some of the most aggressive "Blight Busters" ever to fight urban decay. A host of nonprofit, mostly city-funded groups are battling blight at the street level. Here are some of the success stories: Associacion de Puertorriquenos en Marcha. Eastern North Philadelphia has been sliding downward for four decades.
February 28, 2000 |
Just call them them the "Blight Busters. " Busting blight is what Associacion de Puertorriquenos en Marcha did when it replaced several blocks of ramshackle rowhomes and trash-filled lots with a tidy development of 42 two-story twins around Marshall and 6th streets. Although the first families moved in shortly before Christmas, APM formally opened its Taino Gardens rental community on Friday. The houses, targeted for low-income families, have backyards and off-street parking.
March 17, 1999 |
It was business unusual at 5th and Berks streets yesterday as residents celebrated the completion of the area's first new supermarket in two decades. The Brown's Thriftway Supermarket will anchor the $5 million Borinquen Plaza, developed by the Asociacion de Puertorriquenos en Marcha Inc. (APM), a nonprofit neighborhood developer serving the Latino community. The neighborhood may be one of the city's poorest, but there's nothing marginal about the 44,000-square-foot superstore, which includes a sit-down cafe, in-store bakery and an animaltronics theater to provide music for customers sipping their espresso.