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A Flying Kite guide to the Fringe Festival

Philly’s annual city-wide theater festival is running through September 19. Have you made your picks? 
Development News

On the Ground: A new life for Philly's Centennial Commons

Parkside neighbors have seen countless unfulfilled plans in the last twenty years, but big changes are finally coming to the southwest side of Fairmount Park. 
Development News

The Bicycle Coalition takes new action for a safer Washington Avenue

As crashes along a vital South Philly corridor pile up, the Bicycle Coalition spearheads a campaign to get the problem on the radar of City officials. 
Innovation News

New dollars for WINS send Philly's science-loving girls across the world

A major national award for a STEM program focusing on young women will open up new lab and field internship opportunities for local youth.
Innovation News

Community funding propels G-Town Radio from the internet to the airwaves

It's been a long road, but a new crowdfunding campaign is the final push to take the local internet radio station to the airwaves.
In The News

Never heard of 'Philadelphia-style' ice cream? Make some before summer ends

Apparently there is an easier way to make ice cream, and it's called "Philadelphia style" -- the New York Times investigates.
In The News

Artists aim to create a physical manifestation of human suffering for the Pope

Even local artists are getting into the act of prepping for the Pope with this arresting installation.
In The News

ESPN ranks cities by sports uniforms; Philly represents

ESPN took a scientific look at which cities have the coolest sports threads -- Philadelphia came in at number four. 
Feature Story

A safe space on Broad Street

Broad Street Ministry feeds and serves some of the city's most vulnerable citizens, and now they're using modern tools such as data collection and crowdfunding to have an even bigger impact.
Development News

Innovation Plaza slated to open this fall in University City

The Innovators Walk of Fame needed the perfect setting that would maximize the 37th Street walkway between Chestnut and Market Streets.
Innovation News

Scientist of the Year nominee grapples with rehab robots at GRASP

Thanks in part to mechanical engineer Michelle Johnson, the University of Pennsylvania is putting Philly on the map in the world of robotic medical technologies.
Innovation News

Meet A Poet Art Gallery, On the Groundís host in Parkside

A trio of women whose skills range from poetry to cake-making share the details of their West Philly sanctuary for the arts, Flying Kite's home for the next few months.
Development News

Trolley routes back on track after 2015's successful Trolley Tunnel Blitz

Since the five-mile, single-loop underground trolley track from Center City to 40th Street operates 24 hours a day, SEPTA blocked out 16 days for necessary repairs and maintenance.
In The News

Huge Italian Market development project proposed for 9th and Washington

Hearts leapt with delight at this proposal for a long vacant parcel at 9th and Washington -- it has character, retail, residential and PARKING.
In The News

Philly Mag weighs in on the future of Washington Avenue

Last year, Flying Kite checked in on the huge changes coming to Washington Avenue, an industrial corridor in transition. Now a couple of big announcements later, Philly Mag takes a look at this key thoroughfare. 
In The News

The (cardboard) Pope is already popping up all over Philadelphia

Cardboard cutouts of the pontiff are already taking over Philadelphia.
In The News

Philadelphia Union advance to the U.S Open Cup

Our local footballers are heading to (and hosting) the finals of the U.S. Open Cup, the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the country.
Feature Story

Weekend Getaway: Your summer won't be complete without a visit to Jim Thorpe

Whether you're looking to bike, hike, paddle, antique or sip local brews, this Poconos hamlet has you covered. And if you're also excited by dramatic stories of history and revitalization, Jim Thorpe has that, too.
Feature Story

Make it Work: Generating great jobs across the Commonwealth

In the current economy, it's all about tech-savvy, high-skill employees. We check in with three Pennsylvania companies that are growing their workforces and putting talented people to work building medical devices, generating green energy and protecting us online.
Development News

University City builds its biggest parklet yet

Parklets grow in size and business participation, proving their benefits to restaurants and consumers alike.
Development News

A pop-up pool in Francisville jazzes up summer

We’ve heard of pop-up parks, cafés and beer gardens, but how about a pop-up pool? A Knight grant made it possible in Francisville.
Feature Story

On The Ground: We're open for business in Parkside

We've found a home in our first #OntheGroundPHL neighborhood. Come say hi, and stay tuned for news on exciting programming coming to the space.
Innovation News

Germantown's 'Racism is a Sickness' project seeks subjects and supporters

One local photographer hopes to turn her work into a much bigger discussion on combatting contemporary racism in all its forms.
Innovation News

A cafe start-up helps foster-care youth get on their feet

The nonprofit Monkey & the Elephant Café is honored by the Philadelphia Geek Awards as a nominee for Startup of the Year. 
In The News

Philadelphia named one of American's best food cities

The Washington Post names Philadelphia one of the best cities in American, and takes a deep dive into what makes us unique. 
In The News

La Colombe acquires influential investor, continues to expand

The founder of Chobani yogurt looks to coffee, La Colombe.
Feature Story

We've got HUGE news: On the Ground is back!

Beginning in spring 2012, Flying Kite spent a year getting to know four amazing local neighborhoods. Now the innovative pop-up program is back and bigger than ever. Where are we headed next? You'll have to click through to find out.
Development News

West Philly gets its own Nesting House, haven for sustainability-minded parents

Married Germantown entrepreneurs bring their business to some of their most loyal customers with a new retail location right off Clark Park. 
Feature Story

National Spotlight: The return of the prefab home

Millennials looking to buy their first homes, Boomers looking to downsize and developers seeking sleek, modern, green construction are finding factory-built or manufactured housing to be an exciting alternative. 
Feature Story

InLiquid Artist Profile: Jennifer Baker

This Northern Liberties-based artist illuminates the shifts in her evolving neighborhood.
Development News

Designing the spaces of the future for Philly's kids

If you grew up riding the seesaw and the swings, a new worldwide movement in playgrounds, coming to Philly, might surprise you. 
Innovation News

An urban farm sprouts in Chinatown thanks to Grow Where You Live

A year-long residency at Asian Arts Initiative has grown into a much bigger partnership for urban design, fresh food and job skills.
Feature Story

10 reasons why this just might be the best Philly summer ever

As temperatures rise, it's impossible not to anticipate a city summer packed with Night Markets, ball games, seasonal brews, leisurely bike rides and revamped green spaces. In fact, we're pretty sure this year's gonna be a doozy.
Feature Story

The Region's Restaurants: Corrine's Place feeds Camden's soul

This South Jersey institution has been serving up southern classics -- ribs, collard greens, mac 'n' cheese -- for over 25 years. Owner Corinne Bradley-Powers turned a city-owned wreck of a building into a gathering place for the community.
Development News

Stenton Park poised to become a new community hub

A large Philly park and recreation center that has stood in disrepair for years is getting a multi-million dollar update and a thought-provoking art installation.
Development News

Uptown Beer Garden shakes up summer on JFK

Local restauranteur Teddy Sourias is bringing some fresh nightlife to Center City in the form of a large, luxurious beer garden with a delicious menu. 
Development News

Beer, Zumba, art, science and more transform The Oval this summer

Remaking public space isn't all about construction or capital improvements: activating space in new ways is vital, too. After two successful years, the Oval returns. 
Innovation News

The School District puts $30 million to work boosting early childhood literacy

Many city youngsters aren’t making the grade when it comes to reading, but a major new investment in teacher training and libraries hopes to change that. 
Feature Story

Statewide Spotlight: Hatch House serves as a safe haven for fledgling companies

Many startups wither when they go from the resource-rich environment of academia into the real world. This Bethlehem live/work incubator hopes to bridge that gap and foster the next generation of Pennsylvania entrepreneurs.
Feature Story

Statewide Spotlight: A megaproject on the Allentown waterfront could change everything

Thanks to innovative legislation and some passionate developers, The Waterfront is coming to the banks of the Lehigh River. With its restaurants, offices, stores, green space and apartments, it will spur job growth, vibrancy and rebirth.
Innovation News

Designer Amy Devan is making fashion waves from Philly

The Naveda designer moved her business back to her hometown six months ago. She's gained domestic and international attention for her bohemian-meets-luxury ready-to-wear and custom couture.
Feature Story

Sew and Tell: Fabric Row is Philly's next hot street

South Fourth Street is a commercial corridor in transition -- long home to the city's fabric industry, this Queen Village thoroughfare is attracting an increasingly diverse slate of boutiques, eateries and maker-centric businesses. 
Development News

Rethinking the Rowhome: An architect lets in the light in Queen Village

Juliet Whelan, owner of award-winning architecture firm Jibe Design, brightens up her Fabric Row home in a second renovation that suits her style.
Feature Story

Home Steady: Discovering new ways to house Philadelphians

In an effort to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly-changing city, the WCRP is tapping a fresh tool. The resulting Community Justice Land Trust aims to help local families realize the dream of home ownership and stay in their neighborhoods.
Feature Story

Haddonfield: Charm and history in a town across the river

This posh hamlet is bursting with independent shops and colonial architecture -- and it's a quick trip from Philadelphia via PATCO. How did Haddonfield get this way? It's been an interesting ride. 
Feature Story

Collingswood: The small town for people who love big cities

This South Jersey hamlet is booming -- it boasts a vibrant downtown, wonderful restaurants, historic homes and easy access to Philadelphia. Get in on one of the region's hidden gems.

Founders

Doug Baldasare of ChargeItSpot

Doug Baldasare of ChargeItSpot

Neighborhood/City: Center City

ChargeItSpot offers a win-win for both retailers and smartphone owners with low batteries, and aims to be within two blocks of everyone in Philadelphia.

Fran Griesing of Griesing Law

Fran Griesing of Griesing Law

Neighborhood/City: Center City

She left the large-firm world to build a practice that valued customer service as much as its employees' personal success, and is among the leaders of a national movement.

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Situated next to the Schuylkill River and an entry point for the physically fit working out on Kelly Drive, East Falls is the Northwest's next bustling business district and also the Northwest's higher education center, with Philadelphia University and Drexel University College of Medicine. Affordable living welcomes students and artists alike who enjoy the Arts by the River & Eco-Fair, East Falls Farmers Market, and the Plant Exchange. Quaint cafes and a cohesive green movement have this community, once known mostly for its mansions and its proximity to Center City, on the rise.