- The 24th Police District is taking back parts of Kensington from drug dealers and returning them to the control of its people—one block at a time. The Block by Block Initiative is designed to be sustainable in its approach by using officers on regular time and by maintaining bridges with the community by supporting the needs of block captains. “I consider myself a small-ball player,” says District Captain Charles Vogt. “Take care of the little things. Win community members over. Quality-of-life arrests are up 73 percent.”
- Flying Kite visits Ryan Kuck’s Preston’s Paradise in Belmont, a community garden that also provides “a chance for neighbors to unify and an aesthetic beyond the boarded up homes in the area” by helping to build ten others, including projects at the Sarah Allen Senior Home and the Autism Living and Working home for adults.
- With the police continuing their crackdown of illegal ATVs and dirt bikes in North Philadelphia, Metro reports that some enthusiasts wouldn’t mind keeping off the streets, so long as they had a place to enjoy their hobby. One group even claims that they could set up a successful business geared towards that end if investors could find a track of land large enough and perhaps a little help from the city.
- Curbed Philly shows off the latest renderings for the nation’s largest urban-style skatepark, Paine’s Park by the Art Museum.
About the author
Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.
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