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“Pass the Ball!” and Other Lessons Learned from My Dear Old Dad

By Sarah Strunk on June 19th, 2015

I remember the day I first learned about traffic calming. I was practicing piano when I suddenly heard squealing tires and a crash. Leaping to a window, I watched our neighbor’s Buick jump the curb, roll onto the grass and stop a few feet short of our living room. After determining that everyone was safe, […]

Harnessing the Volunteer Spirit

By Phil Bors on June 10th, 2015

Public places that facilitate play, physical activity and healthy food access are critical for a healthy community. However, large projects like parks, greenways and farmers’ markets typically take years to plan, finance and build, and they require significant and steady public resources to maintain. Public works and parks departments must spend their modest budgets wisely […]

A Blighted Philadelphia Park Becomes Neighborhood’s Jewel

By Mary Beth Powell on June 3rd, 2015

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Philadelphia’s 87-acre Hunting Park has had a miracle resurgence thanks to community activists and a broad-based coalition. Established in 1856, Hunting Park’s neglected facilities fell into disrepair in the 1960s. By the mid-1980s, the park that was once recognized as a neighborhood asset was better known for prostitution, […]