Philadelphia Neighborhoods is a publication of the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab at Temple University. It is the capstone journalism class at Temple that most students with the declared major must take and pass  in order to graduate.



unnamed[1]Tree Tenders is a city-wide program in Philadelphia developed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The primary mission of the program is to encourage people to volunteer and plant trees in their neighborhood.

John Dobbs, coordinator for the Olney Tree Tenders, had always been a lover of trees and when first hearing about the Tree Tenders, had wanted to learn how to get more involved with the program…. Read More







fa1301witch2Parents and children of the Olney community filled the sidewalks of the North Fifth Street business corridor as business owners and members of the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project celebrated Trick or Treat on Fifth Street.

“I go to all of the business and ask them if they would like to participate and most of them will say yes because they have been doing it for a long time,” Stephanie Michel, NFSRP Community Engagement Coordinator, said.  “Some of them who do participate, we give them an orange sign and if they need candy we give them some.”

According to Michel, Fifth Street has always participated in the Halloween activity but at one point started to slow down because businesses disengaged…. Read More



fa1301solidResidents of the Solid Rock United Methodist Church community gathered for the first annual Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 25 at 199 E. Tabor Rd.

Groups of children gathered around Reverend Margaret Powell as she led them in song and through a rousing game of “Hot Pumpkin.”

The event featured free food, pumpkin picking and painting, marshmallow roasting, story time, and other activities suitable for children and their parents…. Read More




fa1301fisherOriginally part of Joseph Fox’s estate, Fisher Park extends from Olney Ave. to Cheltenham Ave. and Fern Rock to Tabor. The park was a gift to the city of Philadelphia by industrialist Joseph Wharton in December 1908.

The park, named for Wharton’s mother, Deborah Fisher Wharton, is currently bounded on the west by SEPTA regional rail tracks and the Fern Rock Transportation Center and a commercial district to the east…. Read More




fa1301olneypaulFounded by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, Park(ing) Day’s goal is to raise awareness for the need for green spaces in urban environments. Philadelphia celebrated its own Park(ing) Day for the first time in 2008 with over 25 installations for relaxing, cycling, creating art, education, and socializing…. Read More








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