September 14, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Water Department has proposed exempting community gardens from paying monthly stormwater charges, saving the gardens $46,490 next year and $48,374 in 2018. The rate change, which was mandated by a Philadelphia City Council ordinance that Mayor Kenney signed in June, would apply to 286 known community gardens as long as the property's principal use is for growing plants, a community group operates the garden for public benefit and stormwater is sustainably managed on at least 80 percent of the property.
July 20, 2016 |
The Maryland-based developer that wants to transform the former Walter Smith School in Point Breeze into a residential building has agreed in a tentative deal with neighborhood leaders to set aside space in the structure for public use. Under the proposed agreement, which also includes other concessions, neighborhood activists would drop their objections to the sale of the building at 1300 S. 19th St. to Concordia Group. The dispute has held up Concordia's $6.8 million purchase of the property and four other shuttered classroom buildings from the School District of Philadelphia.
April 21, 2016 |
A community group has endorsed plans for a 178-unit apartment project with 20,000 feet of street-level retail at the current site of the Woods Bros. lumber yard in East Kensington. The East Kensington Neighbors Association voted 61-to-33 at a meeting last week in favor of the so-called Woods Square project at 2621 Frankford Ave., the group's zoning chair, John Theobald, said. Developer Michael Vegh's plans for the two-acre site show three five-floor residential structures rising over a green roof atop a single-story podium of shops and parking.
March 31, 2016 |
A group of young men and women are launching a project in West Philadelphia's Carroll Park section next week that they hope will develop programming to help divert their peers from the streets in violent neighborhoods. Starting Thursday, five young people ages 15 to 23 will recruit residents to complete a survey at the Carroll Park Center for Hope, Help, and Healing, said Latisha Webb, who with her husband, William, founded Opportunity Inc., a community group assisting with the effort.
November 14, 2015 |
Ahead of what promises to be a contentious City Council zoning hearing Monday, the partnership planning to build the $450 million Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia said Thursday that it had won the support of the five community groups in neighborhoods surrounding the proposed development. Stadium Casino L.L.C., a partnership between Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., which owns Bensalem's Parx Casino, said its community-benefits agreement established a charitable fund that will disburse at least $15 million in grants over the next 20 years.
October 22, 2015 |
DURING CAR RIDES, Duval "DJ" DeShields clamored to listen to "Your Mother," a song by Yusuf Islam released in 2003. "Put on Track 8," he'd tell Donna Baldwin, a former neighbor in the PHA Harrison Plaza development who played her copy of Islam's CD "I Look I See" most weekends when driving DeShields and her son "Quany the Clown" to parties where they entertained children with hip-hop dance. "Who should I give my love to?" Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, would sing. "My respect and my honor to?
August 4, 2015 |
To 13-year-old Keyanna Phipps, on TV shows and in the news, police officers seem scary. "They're like shooting and attacking people for no reason," she said. But the officers in the square-mile borough that she calls home, Kennett Square, are different. "They don't seem like those kind of people," she said. Her opinion of the 14-member police department in Chester County has a lot to do with the efforts of her neighbors. The residents of the East Linden section of Kennett Square have made it their business to make sure the youngsters get to know the police and that the police do the same.
July 15, 2015 |
JUSTIN PARKER learned much more on his neighborhood basketball court than how to shoot a free throw. "I learned how to treat people," the 17-year-old said of his time on the pavement in Oxford Circle. "Being on that court taught me respect. " Chad Dion Lassiter, sitting inside a packed gym in South Philly last night, beamed at Parker's words and offered him a fist bump. If there were a poster child for "Brotherhood and Basketball" - as the event was titled - it would be Parker, a young African-American who found direction and focus through love of the sport.
March 24, 2015 |
JOHN WISNIEWSKI, 60, says he has been with St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown all his life. His parents and grandparents were married there, and he was baptized there. A.J. Thompson, 38, left another church two years ago to join St. Laurentius, a church he found "welcoming," he said. Now, both men are furious with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which announced yesterday that it would proceed to demolish the 133-year-old building at Berks and Memphis streets, the oldest Polish church in the city.
December 12, 2014 |
A group of clergy gathered for a special service Wednesday night in North Philadelphia focused on justice in response to police killings of African Americans. The program at New Vision United Methodist Church on North Broad Street was titled "Strange Fruit: The Seven Last Words of Seven Black Lives. " The name is in part a reference to the traditional Holy Week sermon about the last words of Jesus on the cross. It also was inspired by Strange Fruit, the poem about racism and the lynchings of African Americans that Billie Holiday turned into a song.