April 14, 2012 |
Volunteers for the 5th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup swept up the city's streets and helped clean parks Saturday, encouraging residents to "Keep Up The Sweep Up. " The Philadelphia Streets Department helped start the cleaning initiative with a morning celebration at Kingsessing Recreation Center and park in Southwest Philadelphia. Steve Smith, the facilities supervisor for the park, said that volunteers collected over 60 bags of trash in his area alone. Smith, 51, said that the work began around 8 a.m. and lasted until just after noon.
April 14, 2013 |
Recently, this space has been devoted to reader complaints that builders of over-55 housing aren't meeting the physical and financial needs of aging baby boomers. It's a discussion that was initiated a few weeks ago by a reader who was disappointed by what she considered to be the options the market offered. In response, I received more than 100 e-mails and calls supporting her observations, some of which I quoted in a subsequent column. The result of that, of course, was 150 more e-mails.
January 29, 2012 |
Cramer Hill hasn't changed much in the six years since federal authorities say former State Sen. Wayne Bryant used the Camden neighborhood's hopes to line his own pockets. The community of about 10,000 residents that was promised an urban renaissance is still plagued by abandoned buildings, vacant lots, and high unemployment. It's a familiar story in many U.S. cities. Bryant's alleged role in that story, to be detailed in a corruption trial set to begin Tuesday in federal court in Trenton, also is familiar: Politics and power often trump the public good.
July 8, 1990 |
In the middle of 1990 Frankford, a spectacular mural takes viewers back to the area at the turn of the century. The huge painting is the result of a transatlantic collaboration. FrankfordStyle, a division of the Frankford Group Ministry, and the British group Pioneers Art Group, combined their efforts to brighten the neighborhood and involve the community.
May 11, 2012 |
If at first you don't succeed, tweak the plan and try again. It seems that's what Mike Driscoll, a Democratic committeeman and owner of Finnegan's Wake, has done to snag a block of Bodine Street in Northern Liberties. City Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill Thursday that calls for making Bodine Street from Spring Garden to Green private property — a measure that was met with community opposition and languished in Council last year when it was introduced by then-Councilman Frank DiCicco.
May 8, 2012 |
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. AS LATE-afternoon sun breaks through the clouds and residents enjoy a warm Sunday afternoon on their patios on Tudor Street off Frankford Avenue, Mayfair Town Watch President Milt Martelack kicks back with Vice President Anna Stacey as her husband prepares a barbecued feast on his double grill. "If you go through the neighborhood, you'll see everyone else doing the same thing," Martelack says with a grin.
January 15, 2013 |
FOR ALMOST five years, Algernong Allen III worked hard to transform Elena's Soul Lounge into a place that embraced the changing Cedar Park community in West Philadelphia. The diversity was clear in the eclectic mix of artists who performed at the Baltimore Avenue club, ranging from jazz to punk rock to hip-hop. The community has returned that support in the weeks since a fire ripped through the three-story building on Christmas Eve, destroying the business. Neighbors and friends have posted supportive messages on the bar's Facebook page and community message boards.
August 8, 2012 |
At the end of a trip throughout Northwest Philadelphia on Tuesday night to visit neighborhoods observing the 29th annual National Night Out, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey stopped to reflect on the event's message. "It highlights the partnership between the community and the Police Department, but it needs to be 365 days a year," Ramsey said as he stood along Germantown Avenue with members of Germantown Deaf Ministries and Town Watch. "These are the most committed people. We need more people to get involved.
October 21, 2012 |
With only a high school diploma and no formal business training, Ray Murphy, after a lot of turndowns from loan officers, managed to borrow $100,000 in 1972 to buy the already well-known Tommy's Men's Shop in North Philadelphia. Forty years later, that storefront is a neighborhood landmark. Loyal customers credit Murphy as the reason the shop has been successful enough to celebrate its 40th year at 2917 N. 22d St. But to Murphy, the longevity of his store is a testament to the surrounding area, not his business savvy.
December 28, 2012 |
THE ASIAN Arts Initiative, a community-based arts center in Chinatown, has always encouraged local residents' involvement. AAI's latest project, the Social Practice Lab, continued that practice by inviting artists to solicit input for neighborhood art projects from local residents. There's plenty of challenge in the stark, industrial areas on Chinatown's northern edges. Artist Ben Volta and Gayle Isa, executive director of Asian Arts Initiative, recently met with PECO, for instance, about the huge electrical substation between 11th and 12th streets near the old viaduct.