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May: Comings & Goings

Mayor Kenney’s Commitment to Protected Bike Lanes Gaining SupportAfter a February announcement by Mayor Jim Kenney to add 30 miles of protected bike lanes to Philadelphia’s streets (and an announcement to create Philadelphia’s first-ever department of Complete Streets), advocates are pushing for progress. The urbanist PAC 5th Square is actively fundraising in order to galvanize

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The future is now: six innovations from regional college campuses

story by Justin Klughillustrations by Nicholas Massarelli Furniture built from mushroom spores? Zero-energy houses? Dreamers and doers at our region’s colleges and universities are committing to a sustainable future where clean air and water, sensible energy use and social entrepreneurship are the norm.  Here are six of the many products and services we saw that

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Summer Camp 2016 Round-up

Science & Sustainability Academy Explorers CampThe Academy of Natural Sciences introduces two new educational camps this year for teens who love the great outdoors. In Invertebrate Camp, participants can meet live insects and learn about basic handling and care, get an up-close look at the animals from the academy’s invertebrate collection, venture into invertebrate-rich local

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Finding self-acceptance and healing at an inclusive community wellness hub

Photo by JJ Tiziou Photography Studio 34 by Marilyn Anthony Our mind will deceive us,” says Angie Norris. “Our body will not.”  Norris, 45, is the studio manager at West Philadelphia’s cherished health, wellness and community center, Studio 34. Soft-spoken, but full of thoughtful passion, Norris says that she sees too often how people fail

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The city is your playground

Illustration by Kathleen White Game on by William Beisley It’s 8:30 p.m. and you’re walking home from dinner. You’re approaching a baseball field and, from a distance, you assume it’s a little league exhibition. As you get closer, however, you notice the first baseman has a beard, and the player on deck holds a thinly

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January: Comings & Goings

Mayor Kenney Appoints Christine Knapp New Leader of Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Christine Knapp will head the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability during the Jim F. Kenney mayoral administration. Knapp has been a leader in Philadelphia’s sustainability community for over a decade; she led PennFuture’s Next Great City Campaign, headed Philadelphia’s Urban Sustainability Forum, and most

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January Shop Local: Bakeries & Cafés

New Bakers, Bakeries and Cafés about Town by Emily Kovach For many of us, the workday begins with coffee and a bagel at the corner café and ends with a baguette from the local bakery. It’s a simple and satisfying pleasure to bite into a still-warm, aromatic sourdough, or see that our favorite kind of

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December: Comings & Goings

Illustration by Kathleen White Philadelphia Becomes the First U.S. World Heritage CityWe’ve always known Philadelphia is a world-class city, but now it’s official. On Nov. 6, the World Heritage Committee, part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), named Philadelphia the first World Heritage City in the U.S. The program honors and

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