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Author Archive | Lauren E. Leonard

What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Recycle your Christmas tree at these upcoming events

In 2014 according to the National Christmas Tree Association, $1 billion was spent in the US to purchase 26.3 million real trees. Despite being a viable resource, many of these trees close out the holiday season in a landfill. With a little extra planning, however, trees are being given a second life through Treecycling.

Across the nation, Treecycling—recycling trees and greens for reuse—has been crafted to meet the needs of specific regions. In Louisiana, trees are used to combat coastal erosion; at the Oakland zoo, elephants who enjoy the sweet taste of evergreens dine on discarded trees; fisherman in Portland use woody trees to reinvigorate fish habitats; and in Philadelphia mulch has been used to beautify parks, schoolyards, senior centers, and vacant lots.

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The Philadelphia Streets Department announced last week that their Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program, now in its 27th year, will run this year from January 4-January 16. Trees may be dropped off at Sanitation Convenience Centers and collection sites throughout the city.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

5 takeaways from Jim Kenney’s town hall at South Philly High

A large and notably diverse crowd filled the auditorium of South Philadelphia High School last week to share their vision for the city with mayor-elect Jim Kenney and members of his Transition Team. Moderated by South Philadelphia High School Principal and Chief Education Officer Otis Hackney, the meeting was orderly (raise your hand if you want to speak; no profanity) and offered a few key takeaways for a South Philly audience:

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Photo: Lauren Leonard

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Neighbors hear 3 options for a better Bainbridge Green

The Friends of Bainbridge Green presented three options on Tuesday for remaking the strip of green between 3rd and 5th streets into a more usable public space. If the project comes to fruition, the resulting changes would add anywhere from 13,000 to 22,000 square feet of green space.

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Neighbors who came to the meeting at Zakti Fitness on Fabric Row on Tuesday mostly agreed that the current space has great potential but some were stressed the need to preserve the availability of parking and free flow of traffic to ensure the health of businesses in the neighborhood.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Fabric Row to see $1.3 million in streetscape improvements

The future of Fabric Row is getting brighter.

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Photo by Lauren Leonard

Mike Harris, executive director of the South Street Headhouse District, which also covers the stretch of Fabric Row, announced a $1.3 million city grant that will be used to install pedestrian lighting on both sides of Fourth Street from Lombard to Christian.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Bainbridge Green – that strip between 3rd and 5th – will be redesigned

You know that strip of greenery on Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th? The space at the center of the roundabout used by those in search of the ever-elusive parking spot? Well, the Friends of Bainbridge Green want to turn that median (the Green) into something special.

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As part of Love Your Park Week, the FOBG is inviting neighbors to the green tomorrow, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to seek community input on what the space should look like and what types of events should be programmed there once complete.

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