Helping Kensington Thrive

A collaboration between several local organizations has distributed more than $15 million in affordable loans to the Latinx community in North Philly—and it’s just getting started.

By Courtney DuChene

Rallying for the Neighborhood

New Kensington Community Development Corporation has stepped in where government has failed, to help neighborhood businesses survive the pandemic. Could this be a model for other communities?

By Courtney DuChene

Citizens of the Week: Jakeema Burton and Brianna Banks

The coaches are empowering youth off and on the field through their work with Up2Us Sports and Kensington Soccer Club

By Jessica Blatt Press

Breaking Down Barriers

Can Sunflower Philly, a community space in Kensington run by local artists and funded by local developers, forge a connection between new and longtime residents?

By Emily Neil

WATCH: The Citizen Virtual Book Club With Liz Moore

The author of Long Bright River took us behind the scenes of her haunting, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful novel

By Jessica Blatt Press

Citizen of the Week: Shawn “Frogg” Banks

The nonprofit leader spent his youth being part of the problem in his North Philly neighborhood. Over two decades later, he’s a safe space for other kids—day, night or pandemic

By Angela Gervasi

Guest Commentary: Work Where You Serve

The principal of socially-minded developer Shift Capital pens a call to arms to fellow business leaders: Locate where you’re most needed

By Brian Murray

The Citizen Recommends: Long Bright River

Temple writing professor Liz Moore’s acclaimed new novel is set amidst the Kensington opioid crisis. Here, she talks about finding—and writing—hope within despair

By Sarah Jordan