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Them That Do is looking for block captains for storefront installations purpose

Aug. 5, 2015 11:00 am

Them That Do is looking for block captains for storefront installations

Them That Do, an ongoing portrait and multimedia project by Lori Waselchuk about Philadelphia’s block captains, is looking for six block captains who would like to work with her to create storefront installations for Windowishes. Windowishes will be a street exhibition designed for the seven storefront display windows on the west side of S. 40th […]
Neighborhood Storefronts will Continue to Improve Despite Federal SIP Guidelines purpose

Jun. 24, 2015 1:32 pm

Neighborhood Storefronts will Continue to Improve Despite Federal SIP Guidelines

The Storefront Improvement Program will continue, thanks to help from Councilman Bobby Henon, other members of Council and Mayor Michael Nutter, who worked to fund the program with the city’s General Funds in the FY16 budget. The budget, passed by City Council and signed by Mayor Nutter last week, contains $535,000 in locally generated revenue […]
Parks for People Aims to Put Everyone within a 10 Minute Walk to a Park purpose

Jun. 3, 2015 12:30 pm

Parks for People Aims to Put Everyone within a 10 Minute Walk to a Park

The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit that operates several branches across the country. One of its newer branches located in Philadelphia, which has been active for about three and a half years now, operates the Parks for People–Philadelphia program. Through the program, The Trust for Public Land works with the City of […]
TRF PolicyMap Tool Now Shows Zip Code Level Health Data purpose

May 26, 2015 12:00 pm

TRF PolicyMap Tool Now Shows Zip Code Level Health Data

“Your zip code is a better predictor of your health than your genetic code,” said Melody Goodman, an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, in a speech last July at the Harvard School of Public Health. This idea reflects the growing acknowledgement that health is not just a personal issue, but something rooted […]
FINANTA Seeks to Make Banking Local in South Kensington purpose

May 22, 2015 11:11 am

FINANTA Seeks to Make Banking Local in South Kensington

Until 2011, the Borinquen Federal Credit Union offered residents of South Kensington a local banking option where they could open a savings account, apply for a loan, or seek financial assistance, all in their own neighborhood. Then the 35-year-old institution ran into some financial and legal trouble, ranging from mismanagement to outright fraud.The National Credit […]
Kathy Desmond named President of People’s Emergency Center people

May 15, 2015 10:39 am

Kathy Desmond named President of People’s Emergency Center

When Farah Jimenez stepped down as president and CEO of the People’s Emergency Center in August 2014 after being appointed to the School Reform Commission, she left an open spot in one of West Philadelphia’s most active human services and community development organizations. During her tenure the organization launched a youth housing program, served as […]
[Commentary] Thoughts on the Greater and Greener: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities Conference purpose

May 11, 2015 12:00 pm

[Commentary] Thoughts on the Greater and Greener: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities Conference

This series, titled Thoughts on a Movement, is intended to explore the philosophical implications and systems changes that are made possible by our society’s shift to sustainable practices. The author hopes to offer thoughts, opinions, and analysis on issues and innovations in the sustainability movement that inspire readers to both connect with and critique sustainable […]
The Enterprise Center boosts local food entrepreneurs purpose

May 8, 2015 11:30 am

The Enterprise Center boosts local food entrepreneurs

Thirteen food entrepreneurs are participating in The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation’s 2nd Cooking Up Success fundraiser. The event will take place on May 19 at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises (CCE) and will include a competitive element, the Philly Made Culinary Competition. The Enterprise Center, founded in 1989 by the Wharton […]
TD Bank Awards $20K to Green Lea Elementary funding

May 7, 2015 1:30 pm

TD Bank Awards $20K to Green Lea Elementary

TD Bank has awarded $20,000 to support “Greening Lea,” a multiyear initiative established by the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools to improve the grounds of Lea Elementary, located at 47th and Locust Streets. Along with TD Bank, the project is largely being supported by a $242,000 grant from the Philadelphia Water Department and contributions […]
Quick Guides: Love Your Park This Week method

May 4, 2015 12:00 pm

Quick Guides: Love Your Park This Week

Now in its fourth year, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will celebrate the Annual LOVE your Park Week, a week long celebration of Philadelphia’s parks, from May 9 to May 16. The LOVE Your Park program is a partnership between Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to […]