The Esperanza community center in North Philadelphia’s El Centro de Oro neighborhood hosts Javier Ávila, who closes out the monthlong celebration with The Trouble with my Name, the author and performer’s one-man autobiographical story about moving between cultures and the quest to correct misconceptions about American Latinos.
Critics Say Richard Florida’s Ideas Helped Ruin American Cities. Can He Redeem Himself in Philly? – PhillyMag; September 21, 2019
The question is whether Florida can point the way toward another, broader transformation — for this city and, by extension, perhaps his own reputation. His audience here figures to be receptive, to a point. “This conversation about equitable growth, where everyone benefits,” says Luis Cortés, the CEO of Esperanza, an organization with a mission to…
By David Ortiz I can’t say I remember looking up to count the trees as a kid growing up in Hunting Park. But I do remember the asphalt burning through my sneakers while playing in the schoolyards during sweltering summer heat. It wasn’t until much later, through my work as a community planner, that I…
Teatro Esperanza is a new home for the arts on the expanding Esperanza campus in North Philadelphia. It was the vision of founder Reverend Luis Cortes with hopes of bringing a new venue to the neighborhood that would serve the community.
Esperanza is one of the organizations that will receive additional funding. It’s a well-known organization that has assisted the Hispanic community for more than three decades. “It’s our hope that through this collaborative partnership of different agencies we will be better able to address the needs of Hispanic North Philadelphia and the Hunting Park community…
The Puerto Rican Day parade steps off along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday. The traditional music and dance plus the vibrant costumes make the parade something to see.
Trees aren’t generally controversial. They usually look nice, they provide shade and improve the air and water quality. Scientists say they even make people happier. But when it comes to planting a tree on the street, many Philadelphians say — nuh-uh, not in my sidewalk.
Philly’s low-income neighborhoods have fewer trees and the city’s free tree program isn’t helping – PlanPhilly; July 24, 2019
Places like the 2100 block of Spruce Street are about as wealthy and as leafy as they get in inner-city Philadelphia. The multi-million dollar brownstones here are shaded by a canopy of more than a dozen street trees, from narrow Ginkgos to mature Buttonwoods.
The first group of Amazon Future Engineer graduating high school seniors celebrate with Amazon employees across the country.