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Vote for PlanPhilly's Patrick Kerkstra for Best Reporter in 2010

For the past six months, PlanPhilly has been hard at work at Desolate to Dynamic, an ongoing series highlighting the dramatic change that has occurred in Eastern North Philadelphia since the 90s. Over its course, a small team of four has produced six stories, seven videos, eight interactive graphics and more than 100 photographs to show the planning, patience and politics that made it possible to reclaim the once abandoned neighborhood. That reporting is led by Patrick Kerkstra, a former Inquirer reporter who joined forces with PlanPhilly because of his interest in online journalism and his intrigue in the development of Eastern North Philadelphia.

This week, Patrick's work was nominated for "General Excellence in Writing for a City Publication," in the 2010 Philebrity Awards. We hope that with your vote, Patrick can win.

Our next edition of the Desolate to Dynamic series will show service access and service deserts in Philadelphia later in December. A final piece, tying together all of the series editions, will be published in early 2011. We hope to be working with Patrick throughout 2011 and together, we are exploring additional investigative opportunities.

We hope you'll give the series a read and vote for Patrick today!

Series Landing Page

Part 1: SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST: HOW CENTER CITY'S RELENTLESS EXPANSION REMADE A HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD

Part 2: VACANT LAND, FOCUSED PLANS

Part 3: VACANCY VICTORIES ARE RARE, BUT CITY SAYS REFORM IS COMING

Part 4: A NEW FACE ON RACE RELATIONS

Part 5: APM SET ITS OWN RULES

Part 6: A SURPRISING MIX OF BRICKS, MORTAR AND IMAGINATION

Part 7: Service access and service deserts (December)

Final (Early 2011)

About the author

Brian James Kirk, Co-founder, Technically Media

Lives: Point Breeze, South Philadelphia.
Philosophy: Don’t talk about it; do it.
Twitter: @brianjameskirk
When you see Brian ask him about: Early 90′s punk rock / biking / coffee.

Kirk, a co-founder, handles business development, marketing and product development for the Technical.ly network, developing new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He manages efforts like Philly Tech Week and Connect Philly. Kirk is a graphic designer at heart, responsible for making sure that even the company’s spreadsheets are pretty. In his spare time, he’s actively seeking the best bar in South Philly.



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