William Penn Foundation
Two charitable foundations are making a multimillion-dollar investment in public spaces in five of the city’s most underserved communities, creating what could become a national “test kitchen” of sorts on urban renewal.
In a statement, the William Penn Foundation said with more than 600 cultural institutions across the region, it’s sometimes faced with difficult decisions about where to invest its finite resources.
There was a standing ovation from library, civic, and community leaders as Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation delivered the news.
The Philadelphia public library system will undergo $25 million in renovations thanks to funds from a local philanthropy.
Adjacent to the second busiest train station in the country, The Porch at 30th Street is viewed as one of the most creative and animated public spaces in Philadelphia. It offers everything from great food to a plethora of free entertainment.
This is a watershed moment — for the 13,500-square-mile Delaware River watershed, that is.
Nowadays, if you take your bike across the south walkway of the Ben Franklin bridge, you’ll have to carry it up or down about three flights of stairs at the Camden end.
The grant will allow work to continue on such projects as the Delaware River Trail, between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street; a park at Pier 68, in Pennsport; and connector street amenities on Tasker Street.
With the Philadelphia School District struggling under a giant budget deficit, city councilmembers and community groups gathered at City Hall to announce a small but important fund to expand early childhood education programs.
A famous alumnus of Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts is reaching into his own pocket to make sure that next year’s musical at his alma mater won’t be scrapped, as this year’s was.
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation is rolling out a brand new interactive website that highlights the City’s neighborhoods in a unique way.
The Philadelphia Ethics Board says the William Penn Foundation did not violate city lobbying regulations when it was approached by the city for initiatives the city was supporting.
Several groups have filed a formal complaint, saying a privately-funded consultant’s report for the Philadelphia school district amounted to lobbying.
A group of students, parents and teachers — unhappy with a consultant’s report that called for the closing of one-fifth of Philadelphia public schools –announced they’ll launch their own effort to develop a strategic plan.
The school district last week hired the Boston Consulting Group to help restructure operations as it works to close a $71-million budget hole.