Councilman Kenyatta Johnson set up a nonprofit group called Peace Not Guns years ago to combat gun violence. It turns out that records of the organization are nonexistent and so is its nonprofit status. Carla Robinson reports on a phantom nonprofit.
With Roosevelt Boulevard as its spine, an eight-mile stretch from Oxford Circle to Somerton has become the locus of the city’s immigrant community. One in five of the city’s foreign-born residents live in these neighborhoods. Carla Robinson explores the changes they have brought to the Northeast.
If Philadelphia starts growing new economy jobs it will be due to the efforts today of Stephen Tang and others who are working to create an environment for startups, innovation and entrepreneurs. Carla Robinson profiles this key player in the city’s efforts at economic revival.
Bill Green has gotten most of the ink, but Farah Jimenez is an intriguing appointment to the School Reform Commission. The children of Cuban immigrants, Jiminez has shone in a variety of roles, as Carla Robinson relates in this profile of the other new SRC member.
Latino political and educational leaders in North Philadelphia are trying to end charter vs. public school infighting and unite to bolster all schools in the area. Carla Robinson reports on this ambitious plan.
With the Great Recession over, the pace of development in Center City is picking up. We look at what’s happening on the retail front, with new stores opening and the promise of more. Carla Robinson reports on the retail revival.
Research showing that 70 percent of college students who have paid internships get fulltime jobs after graduation has prompted Campus Philly to shift it’s emphasis. Carla Robinson reports on the change.
In a small, working class neighborhood in the Northeast, a young man with the improbable name of Alexander Balloon is demonstrating a fundamental change in thinking about how to rescue a struggling neighborhood. Carla Robinson writes about a new optimism in Tacony.
Surviving the Great Recession was hard enough for the city’s arts, culture and social service sectors. Now, they must face a world marked a major drop in funding, plus demands they act more like businesses.
AxisPhilly polls neighborhood leaders across the city and finds them pessimistic about the city, lukewarm about Mayor Nutter’s performance and critical of the performance of some city agencies. Read the details…