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 »
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Mayfair is creating its own niche in the Northeast by implementing ideas to try to keep the community fresh. From the third annual Easter Egg Hunt to the farmers market and its Third Thursday Arts Initiative, Mayfair wants to stand out from the rest.
This is the first of a two-part series about how neighborhood youth organizations interact with city departments and private firms.
When a tree-cutting company came by the Somerton Youth Organization facility to do some landscaping, members of the community thought little of it
Until the trees and bushes along one of the baseball fields were cut so short the train tracks behind them became exposed, creating a potential hazard for the organization’s young players.
The trees had to be cut down to reduce interference with electrical wires. But SYO Athletic Director Fran Young said he’s concerned about the exposed slope that was left behind in the process.
“Once they removed everything and removed all the shrubbery and trees, it left a pretty dangerous situation for the kids,” Young said. “There is a pretty steep drop, behind the bench of our players.” continue reading »
This is part of ongoing coverage in “District 172: The Politics of Change after State Rep. John Perzel,” a collaborative effort with Philadelphia Neighborhoods funded by J-Lab.
Mayfair’s Devon Theater for the Performing Arts may be closed, but plans for its future are still alive, according to some locals who are working to reopen the theater.
The performing arts center, which replaced the original Devon Theater movie house, on Frankford Avenue and Sterling Street, was open for fewer than two years before succumbing to financial troubles in December 2010.
The newly renovated playhouse’s grand opening in March 2009 was the product of a multimillion dollar restoration, pioneered by the Mayfair Community Development Corporation,who bought the theater in 2004.
Ben Cardonick, founder of savethedevon.org, said the theater was struggling financially largely due to state budget cuts. Seth Kaplan, chief of staff for 172nd District State Rep. Kevin Boyle, said the Devon ultimately closed due to its inability to produce enough money- not because of budget cuts. continue reading »