Articles by Pamela Ellermann
Pizza to tofu, Philadelphia goes veganWest Philadelphia has seen a growth in vegan dining at cafes, restaurants and even grocery stores — driven in part by student demand.
U. seeks solutions for Philadelphia’s 3,000 homelessPhiladelphia, a leader in programs for the homeless, spends $50 million in federal funding a year on shelter and rehousing programs, but homelessness remains widespread.
Tough times for small bookstoresAs internet bookshelves grow, booksellers that remain standing — including giants Barnes and Noble and recently rescued Borders — find terra firma difficult to navigate.
West Philadelphia High faces large changesLocated just a few blocks from campus at 47th and Walnut streets, West Philadelphia High School is causing heated debate in the community.
Radian plaza will host new farmers’ marketStarting June 4, a new farmers’ market will set up shop outside the Radian, at 3925 Walnut St. Local vendors will sell an assortment of fruits, vegetables, sustainably grown meats and freshly baked goods every Friday from noon to 2 p.m. through the end of July.
For Penn poets, it’s Poetry Month every dayThe month has been on calendars across the country since 1996, when the Academy of American Poets first created it. Many in the poetry community, however, find that April’s special designation does not make poetry resonate louder than it would any other month.
Center City mural will feature Penn NursingNationally renowned muralist Meg Saligman’s latest project, “The Evolving Face of Nursing,” will provide a glimpse into the future of the profession, using innovative techniques to showcase how nursing has evolved.
Experts weigh pros and cons of revamping mental health manualScientists are debating what constitutes normal and pathological behavior with the release of the draft of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. But some are also critical of the manual itself.
Clark Park to receive revampThe north side of Clark Park, known as Park A — which spans from 43rd to 44th streets, and from Baltimore to Chester avenues — will undergo extensive revitalization over the summer.
Study suggests bike sharing for Phila.A recent report found bicycle sharing to be feasible in Philadelphia and recommended a startup program of 1,750 bicycles based on comparisons with networks in other cities, including Boston, Montreal and Paris.
Experts say new credit card law won't affect students significantlyAs part of the act, individuals under 21 years of age seeking to open a credit card account need a cosigner or the ability to prove sufficient assets for repayment.
Experts analyze 'Let's Move' anti-obesity campaignThough many think a healthy lifestyle can easily be achieved through diet and exercise, the success of anti-obesity programs depends on a host of external factors, according to experts.
New federal credit policy takes effectA federal credit policy that seeks to protect consumers from what President Barack Obama referred to as “deceptive, unfair tactics” practiced by credit card companies took effect Monday.
Providing fresh produce for allThose in need can now find a new source of fresh produce in West Philadelphia. Philabundance opened a new food distribution site at 49th and Spruce streets.
Alum plans five-story mural for Phila. airportHow Philly Moves — a 50,000-square foot, five-story-tall mural to be displayed on the side of the Philadelphia International Airport parking garage — is part of a movement by the Mural Arts Program to beautify the city’s gateways.
Programs bring up-and-coming West Phila. artists close to campusThe 40th Street Artist-in-Residence and ArtsEdge programs aim to provide emerging West Philadelphia artists an opportunity to devote themselves to their art without distraction.
Penn reaches out to high schoolersIn an effort to promote higher education among West Philadelphia high schoolers, Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships matched adolescents with advisors Tuesday as part of Shadowing Day.
Design student wins $10,000 for 'Urban Umbrellas'Winner of the urbanSHED Competition, first-year Design student Young-Hwan Choi’s project, “Urban Umbrella,” presents a sleek, environmentally friendly alternative to urban sheds, structures that are legally mandated in New York City to keep pedestrians safe from falling debris in construction sites.
Planting trees amidst a historical legacyUniversity City Green, a nonprofit organization founded at Penn in 1999, gathers members of the West Philadelphia community to plant and maintain trees.