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Nearly 80,000 people live in what the Philadelphia City Planning Commission calls the Central Northeast District, and who they are and what they do was the focus of a recent meeting to begin the process of incorporating those neighborhoods into the city’s developing master plan, Philadelphia2035.
The first in a series of public meetings was held at Knowlton Masion in Fox Chase — one of the neighborhoods part of the district. It also includes Burholme, Rhawnhurst, Lexington Park, Bells Corner and the northern edges of Lawndale and Castor Gardens. The rest of Lawndale and Castor Gardens are included in the Lower Northeast District. continue reading »
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NEast Philly reports on neighborhoods like Holmesburg and Somerton every day.
But it’s a much rarer occasion to see Northeast Philly neighborhoods get citywide attention. But both got the chance this weekend when the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer, respectively, reported on stories in those neighborhoods. continue reading »
Tacony business owner Mark Whited is part of the community effort to revitalize the Torresdale Avenue business corridor. Photo/Raymond Boyd
This is the first in a two-part series about quality of life issues in Tacony and Holmesburg, and the neighborhoods’ approach to growing stronger together.
With similar missions but different approaches, Tacony and Holmesburg are seeking a better future for their residents. Tacony is taking a business-first approach, while Holmesburg is looking to take advantage of its history.
Both neighborhoods understand that they must work in collaboration to make their goals a reality as they try to stand as pillars of Northeast Philadelphia. continue reading »
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By Alaina Mabaso for NewsWorks
This week, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation confirmed that Northwest Philadelphia residents opposed to a treetop adventure course in Wissahickon Valley Park may have gotten their wish, at least for now.
According to a Thursday statement, Parks and Rec “is deferring further public action and discussion regarding the Tree Top Adventure course in the Wissahickon Valley to conduct an internal re-evaluation of the concept.” continue reading »
Volunteers collect more than 70 bags of trash from Pennypack Park in the area around Nazareth Hospital. Photo/Raymond Boyd
The Friends of Pennypack Park group works to beautify the park to preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations.
Though the group has an eye on the future, there is a particular area of the park that carries great historical significance. The Pennypack Creek Bridge, also known as the Holmesburg Bridge, was named a historical landmark by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in October.
The newly named historical site faces a number of issues that go beyond the occasional can or plastic bag that The FOPP typically deals with. Volunteers, along with neighborhood civic organizations and the police are making an effort to address the prostitution, homelessness and drug use problems in this area of the park.
As the area continues to deal with crime and other issues, FOPP, led by President Linde Lauff, remains committed to the well-being of the bridge and the surrounding park. continue reading »
The Bridge Repair Unit of the Philadelphia Streets Department repairs part of the Pennypack Creek Bridge that was damaged in a car crash. Photo courtesy of Rich Frizell/Holmesburg Civic Association
Repairs are underway on Frankford Avenue for a wall along the Pennypack Creek Bridge that sustained damage during a weekend car crash.
Not quite six months after the installation of a historical marker for the bridge, a traffic accident sent the hard-earned plaque to the ground and damaged the nearby stone wall. continue reading »
A 2010 concert in Pennypack Park. Photo/Shannon McDonald
The Pennypack Park Music Festival will return again this summer for three months of free concerts featuring some old favorites and a couple new acts.
The complete schedule, listed below, was released earlier this month. Concerts may be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather. continue reading »
Former Holmesburg Civic Association President Fred Moore worked for more than a decade to get historical recognition for the Pennypack Creek Bridge. Photo/Jessica Lopez
Update May 9, 2013 ConRail has agreed to allow the Holmesburg Civic Association paint the bridge, and will waive the fees, registration and insurance.
The Pennypack Creek Bridge that connects Holmesburg with Upper Holmesburg has been cleaned up and remains under surveillance by town watch and police.
But as Holmesburg works to maintain the part of the park around it, the train trestle that crosses over Frankford Avenue is still an eyesore. continue reading »
Pennypack Creek in Fox Chase. Photo/G.E. Reutter
For starters, the thing I love most about Northeast Philly has to be Pennypack Park. I remember growing up as a child and having barbecues at the Pine Road section of the park.
I still enjoy riding my bicycle in the park. It’s like a home away from home. I always enjoy going to the park to take photographs of the beautiful trees, ducks, flowers, and any other wild life I may come across. continue reading »
A tree blocks traffic and part of a home on Cresco Avenue near Rhawn Street. Photo/Lucia Volpe
Sandy blew through Philadelphia Monday with fierce winds and heavy rain. Though the city escaped relatively unscathed, the storm left residents with clean-up duties. Trees that couldn’t withstand the wind are now strewn across roads and in yards, and have left many without electricity.
After a tree branch came crashing into the side of Sally Manners’ house at 9:30 p.m. Monday, she said she was worried about waking up Tuesday morning to find extensive damage to her home. continue reading »