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A historic space with an ambitious mission

A safe space on Broad Street

Broad Street Ministry feeds and serves some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable citizens, and now they're using modern tools such as data collection and crowdfunding to have an even bigger impact.

U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent tour OraSure

Worked Up: Generating great jobs across the Commonwealth

In the current economy, it's all about tech-savvy, high-skill employees. We check in with three Pennsylvania companies that are growing their workforces and putting talented people to work building medical devices, generating green energy and protecting us online.

Dominic Sisti

Dominic Sisti talks "Bringing Back the Asylum"

The head of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare in Philadelphia talks about his thought-provoking article, the strong reaction and what he and his colleagues really meant to say.

Proposed improvements to Fabric Row

Sew and Tell: Fabric Row is Philly's next hot street

South Fourth Street is a commercial corridor in transition -- long home to the city's fabric industry, this Queen Village thoroughfare is attracting an increasingly diverse slate of boutiques, eateries and maker-centric businesses. 

Co-op organizers and participants (from left) Karon Smith, Courtney Bowles, Faith Barton, Keenan Jones and Mark Strandquist

Creative Exchange: People's Paper Co-op rewrites the narratives of those with criminal records

By combining creativity with social justice advocacy, two Philadelphia artists are making life better for the previously incarcerated. 

Zoom Interiors on 'Shark Tank'

NEWS: Philly-Based ZOOM Interiors walks away from 'Shark Tank' deal

Madeline Fraser, Elizabeth Grover and Beatrice Fischel-Bock founded Zoom Interiors to provide virtual interior design consultations. One year in, they went on Shark Tank. One year later, they're investor-less but more business savvy.

Global Philadelphia

The 2015 BIO International Convention comes to Philadelphia

The region's reputation as a global hub for academic, scientific and entrepreneurial prowess in the life sciences is on the rise, and now thousands of industry leaders will descend on the city June 15-18.

Rose Petals Cafe, after

UPDATE: Six months after launch, Philly's Kiva Zip loans are going strong

Entrepreneurial borrowers who need small loans to expand a business often hit a wall with traditional funding sources -- until now. 

The Iris Brown Townhomes, a WCRP community

Home Steady: Discovering new ways to house Pennsylvanians

In an effort to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly-changing city, the WCRP is tapping a fresh tool. The resulting Community Justice Land Trust aims to help Philadelphians realize the dream of home ownership.

The proposed Spring Garden Greenway

Development News: Could Spring Garden Street become Philadelphia's iconic greenway?

The East Coast boasts a growing trail network of almost 3,000 miles, linking cities from Maine to Florida. But there's a gap in Philadelphia. 

Chandler Bats in Norristown

Made in Pennsylvania

Whether its producing baseball bats, copper piping, kale chips or high-tech coatings, manufacturing is growing and changing across the state. It's all part of a larger trend of revived domestic production that's luring the next generation of high-skill workers.

Summer fun at The Oval

10 reasons why this just might be the best Philly summer ever

As temperatures rise, it's impossible not to anticipate a city summer packed with Night Markets, ball games, seasonal brews, leisurely bike rides and revamped green spaces. In fact, we're pretty sure this year's gonna be a doozy.

Linguica at Tio Pepe's

Discover the eclectic (and tasty) pleasures of a Northeast Philly 'hood

It's a United Nations of culinary delicacies in Castor Gardens. Whether you're looking for Brazilian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Indian or Jamaican, this often overlooked neighborhood has you covered.

A Neighborhood Time Exchange event on January 9

Neighborhood Time Exchange puts artists to work

An innovative new program gives artists studio space and financial support in exchange for tackling projects in the West Philadelphia community. And in a true twist, it's the neighborhood that decides the exact nature of those tasks. 

Constitution Health Plaza

Health Care News: Constitution Health Plaza comes to South Philly

In an innovative move, this healthcare mall houses diverse practitioners in one independently managed space. It's also the latest amenity in a hot neighborhood.
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