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    • Taller Puertorriqueño's new cultural center at North 5th and Huntingdon streets. | Emma Lee / WHYY

Latino cultural center rises in North Philly as a beacon of connections, commerce

A cultural center has taken its place in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Fairhill, designed to be the inspiration for a financially depressed community. The new building is an expansion Taller…

    • El Corazón Cultural Center interior rendering | courtesy of WRT

Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million cultural center in fall

Back when John Street was Philly’s mayor Taller Puertorriqueño received a $1.5 million Cultural Corridors grant. For the better part of the last decade, the 40-year old arts and education group…

    • HACE Caribe site | HACE

Philadelphia policy makers must boost affordable home investments and strategies

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed, HACE's Maria Gonzalez argues that by answering the need for decent affordable housing the city's residents will build more stable lives, and our neigborhoods will…

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ABOUT FAIRHILL

Fairhill, named after the earliest country house in Philadelphia, is a neighborhood in Upper North Philadelphia. The neighborhood spans from 10th Street to Front Street and from Cumberland Avenue to Allegheny Avenue. In the 18th century, the area was known for its farms and country estates, including the Fairhill estate, which played a crucial part in the area's cultural development. The building's owner, Isaac Norris, built this house to embody the country spirit and the simplicity of the local country life, but also modeled the estate after similar estates he had seen while traveling around England. The house was burned during the American Revolutionary War at the Battle of Germantown, but was later rebuilt around 1800. Today the area that was once filled with farm land is a vibrant collection of cultures and heritage. The neighborhood is predominantly Hispanic, having 10 times the overall percentage in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the area has also been associated with high crime and drug abuse, mainly because of its publicized drug market as seen in Steve Lopez's novel, Third and Indiana. However the neighborhood is fighting back with highly engaged civic associations and active community watch programs.

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