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Best Stories of 2014: Revitalization

Revitalization is our term for place-based community development. This includes any work being done to improve commercial corridors, park space, affordable housing, small businesses, and neighborhood safety.

How Night Market Came to Lancaster Avenue

The revitalization of Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia has taken place gradually. One positive sign is that the celebrated Night Market event came to the corridor this year after it was initially denied. This story explores the evolution of the corridor and why Night Market gave it a chance.

William Penn Foundation and Drexel University Partner to Improve Early Education in West Philly Promise Zone

Drexel University and People's Emergency Center showed what can happen when an anchor institution and a community group team up to help boost early education, and as a result improve the entire community.

West Philly Job Training Program Set to Grow

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative connects those in need of employment to the most in demand positions in Philadelphia by helping them get the skills they need to get hired.

Commerce Department Loan and Grant Programs Take Aim at Commercial Corridors |

This story profiled two of the most important tools for commercial corridor improvement in the city, the Storefront Improvement Program and the InStore Forgivable Loan Program. Learn how business owners and the Commerce Department are teaming up to improve one storefront at a time.

ShopRite of Fox Street Holds Promise for a Healthier Community

Here's how a supermarket tailored its products and amenities to the community that surrounds it, and in the process brought access to fresh food to a long-neglected neighborhood.