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You are viewing 16 articles for 2016 by the author Catalina Jaramillo

    • Vacant property across Lindbergh Blvd from the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge where Korman wants to build 722-units of rental housing.

New path for Eastwick opens up one year after termination of urban-renewal agreement

It’s been one year since the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) gave the Eastwick community and environmental advocates new hope. On a rainy afternoon, two days before Christmas of 2015, the Redevelopment…

    • Don't trash the street. Don't be a pig. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

Philadelphia aiming to achieve zero waste goal by 2035

Imagining a clean Philadelphia is hard, but Mayor Jim Kenney is trying to tackle that challenge. He wants to reduce the 2.5 million tons of waste that the city generated in…

    • Food Recovery Network collecting food for redistribution | courtesy of Antonio Hernandez

Initiative seeks solutions to turn food waste into jobs and revenue

Every year the country spends $218 billion growing, processing and transporting more than 60 million tons of food that’s never eaten, according to ReFED, a collaboration of business, nonprofit, foundation…

    • Vertical farming in South Philadelphia. | courtesy of Metropolis Farm

Advocates pitch vertical farming to a City Council ready to help

Jack Griffin, a former Wall Street executive and founder of Metropolis Farms, knows how to sell. In a 40-minute testimony in front of City Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee…

    • Route 47 en route | courtesy of Intersection

47 Stories: Connecting cultural communities via bus

Septa’s Route 47 bus runs the length of the city, from Whitman Plaza in South Philly to Olney in North Philadelphia, connecting immigrant and refugee communities from Asia, Africa, Europe,…

    • An EPA official at the trail opening ceremony commended the city for its greening efforts

Your cousin and new alliances could help save PA’s environment

State officials and environmental stakeholders called for stronger involvement by the environmental community at a packed forum on Thursday night organized by PennFuture to discuss the future of the state’s environment.…

    • A new view | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

City officials say election results won’t change Philly’s sustainability plans

Mayor Jim Kenney said last week’s presidential election results didn’t change the fact that carbon pollutants cause climate change and, because climate change is real, he said, the city relationship to…

    • Letitia House from Girard Avenue, 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Letitia House to become Centennial Parkside CDC’s headquarters

If you are like most Parkside’s residents, you might have wondered what a small two-and-a-half story brick house is doing on top of a hill, across Girard Avenue from the Philadelphia…

    • Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative

City releases reworked sustainability agenda calling on all Philadelphians to participate

The city’s new comprehensive sustainability plan is no longer aiming to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America, the goal set by mayor Michael Nutter when Greenworks launched in 2009. Now…

    • Summer Parham, 16, and Juanita Marrero, 15, are in the Construction program at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Building women’s skills by helping low-income women repair their homes

Summer Parham, 16, an 11th grader from A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, thinks most women are afraid of grabbing power-tools to repair or renovate their own homes.…

    • 9th Street Stock Exchange: Vintage fiction from Molly’s Books and Records inside Fante’s Kitchen Shop | Catalina Jaramillo

Art project asks 9th Street Market vendors to get into each other’s business

The relationship between Italians and Mexicans in the Italian Market, as described by Raúl Aguilar, owner of Los Amigos, a 7-year-old meat market in 9th and Montrose streets, goes like this:…

    • Waterloo Playground, October 2016

Waterloo Playground's revival takes off with Urban Roots / MTWB support

Community work is paying off at Waterloo Playground. The once-unsafe public space in West Kensington has seen a turnaround in recent years, and more change is in store. Last year, Waterloo…

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm has taken root on five vacant lots in East Kensington.

Neighborhood Gardens Trust targets preservation for 28 more gardens

The preservation of community gardens and open spaces located in five areas of the city – Kensington, South Philadelphia, Mantua/Belmont, East Germantown/West Oak Lane and Tioga/Hunting Park/Fairhill – will be a…

    • Who will it take to get Mifflin Square rebuilt? Park Powers poster | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Reimagining Mifflin Square Park in 21 languages

In Thoai Nguyen‘s dreams, Mifflin Square Park, a vibrant but tired park in Southeast Philadelphia, has a turf field for kids to play soccer, a rebuilt basketball court, new playground equipment…

    • Soil testing day at 25th and Tasker garden | By Ali Marisa Photography

Free soil testing for city-owned gardens and lots through brownfields grant

About 20 community gardens on publicly-owned land could receive a free soil assessment from the City in the next two years, to find out if there are potential contaminants in the…

    • Garden advocates outside City Hall, September 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Urban agriculture leaders ask for citywide commitments to garden preservation and creation

More than one hundred urban farmers and food justice advocates, some of them with cardboard signs in the shape of carrots, tomatoes, and eggplants, attended the first Philadelphia City Council hearing…

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