Posts Tagged ‘West Philly’

Elizabeth Waring

Elizabeth Waring – 4000 Powelton Avenue Elizabeth has been known to hug the trees she’s planted. And, as a volunteer for UC Green, she has planted hundreds of trees.  She is also a member of the UC Green Pruning Club. “That’s my therapy,” she says. “If I had a stressful day, I get to be […]

Windowishes Walkabout

Meet the artists who created the Windowishes displays on S. 40th St. You will be inspired! Friday, October 30th 4pm – 5:30pm 36 – 46 S. 40th Street (Between Chestnut and Ludlow Streets) Viva Street Art!

Renée McBride-Williams

Renée McBride-Williams – 5100 Webster St. I met Renée at the WPEB studio, with it’s windows facing 52nd Street. She remembers 52nd Street in it’s glory days, when it was called the Golden Strip. She remembers being drawn to the excitement around famous theaters like the Locust, the Nixon, the State, the Capital, the Belmont, […]


Free Portraits of Junior Block Captains

Them That Do (Lori Waselchuk) is a sponsor of the 2015 West/Southwest Philadelphia Block Captains Forum. I will set up a portrait booth to make portraits of junior block captains. Sorry, senior block captains, this is my effort to encourage young people to attend the event. I will also introduce upcoming creative projects, like the […]

Windowishes Street Exhibition

  Calling creative West Philadelphia block captains! I am looking for six block captains who would like to work with me to create storefront installations for Windowishes, a street exhibition designed for the seven storefront display windows on the west side of S. 40th Street, between Chestnut and Ludlow Streets in West Philadelphia. Windowishes will […]

Andrea D. Carter

Fresh Strawberries at 100 N. Peach St. Andrea Carter’s regrets planting too late for strawberries last year. “There is nothing like the taste of a strawberry off the vine,” says Carter. Carter created a container garden in a vacant lot on N. Peach St. The lot was filthy. “I knew no one would want to […]


Community Art – Everybody Wins

Today is the last day that Ci-Lines, the temporary installation created by Aaron Asis at St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel, will exist. It has been an incredible experience to work with the talented and visionary Mr. Asis, to spend time in the stunningly beautiful Chapel, to work the Penn Alexander 5th graders, and to welcome the […]

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew’s Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry | Hidden City Philadelphia

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew’s Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry | Hidden City Philadelphia.

Lisa Barkley: ‘More colors, more vitamins’

I’m proud to release the second video of the Them That Do film series featuring Lisa Barkley. I will screen the film Saturday night, August 9th (after sunset – 7:30) at the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Foods Block Party on the 500 block of North 54th Street in the Memorial Garden. Lisa Barkley will be there to […]


Free Outdoor Screenings for Them That Do Videos

You will have several chances to watch Them That Do films at outdoor screenings in Philadelphia. Tomorrow night, August 5th, the residents of the 60th Ward, 19th Division will celebrate National Night Out with music, activities and films. Tuesday, Aug 5th 6-9pm Host: Block captain, Sharon Joy Shoatz-Mayazi Location: 200 block of S. 58th St. […]

Block Captains Forum This Saturday

Block captains living in West and Southwest Philadelphia are invited to attend the 2014 Block Captains Forum this Saturday, August 2, at 5501 Cedar Avenue. It is hosted by the Partnership CDC. Contact Leon Robinson at 215-662-1612 Ext. 24 for more information.  

Juanita Hatton Rallies For A Clean-Up

Here at Them That Do we are excited to release our first video, this is the beginning of a larger component to this project. Hope you enjoy! Juanita Hatton, 73, a block captain for 38 years, meets three kinds of people in the world. “There are them that do, them that don’t and them that […]


Happy Fourth!

I will be celebrating the Fourth of July with the good people of 500 Mayland Street in Germantown. Block captain, Vanessa Price plans a whopping annual block party. I’ll be posting pics on Instagram (themthatdo) and Twitter. Please let me know about your block party – I’d love to photograph it.

Demanding School Funding in 2-D!

Debra Kimmelman joined dozens of parents and students from at least five schools and converged at City Hall for a press conference and some rabble rousing in the City Council chambers. The participants brought life-sized paper cutout kids “to represent what classrooms could look like if the District is forced to make additional cuts,” according […]

Leonia Johnson

Leonia Johnson – 200 S. Millick Street Last March, Leonia Johnson stood up at the Cobbs Creek Block Captain Association’s monthly meeting to speak about the murder of her neighbor and friend, Gregory “Chop” Scott, two weeks earlier.  Scott had been shot seven times, at point blank, in front of his home on South Millick […]


Freda Egnal

Freda Egnal – 4800 Osage Avenue “Stop Bitching, Start A Revolution,” reads the Zendik Farm bumper sticker on the Prius parallel-parked between handicap parking signs. The sign poles are decorated with beads, fabric, earrings and ribbons. This is Freda Egnal’s spot. Freda is a funky lady. She dyes flashes of blue, green, yellow and purple […]

Jeff Lutzner

Jeff Lutzner – 4900 Cedar Avenue Jeff Lutzner has served as block captain for 23 years. It’s been smooth sailing. But he would consider handing over the title to the next generation. If you live on the 4900 block of Cedar Avenue and are interested, Lutzner could share how his laid-back approach helped him reduce […]

Rebecca Metraux Canna

Rebecca Metraux Canna – 4600 Hazel Avenue They call themselves the Hazelnuts. And Rebecca Metraux Canna is their captain. Canna, soft-spoken with a friendly smile, took over as block captain four years ago. “I love to plan events. I love West Philly. I thought I could contribute.” The Hazelnuts love to party. They apply for […]


JoAnn Manuel

JoAnn Manuel – 5200 Pennsgrove Street Stoop culture is big on Pennsgrove. Climb the eleven steep steps up to JoAnn Manuel’s front porch, pass through a small iron balustrade gate at the top, look left and right, you will see through every one of her neighbors’ identical porches. Look across the street for an eye-level […]

Lisa Barkley

Lisa Barkley – Haddington Homes – 55th Street & Vine Lisa Barkley shows me the view of her fruit tree orchard from the window of her bright yellow kitchen. “We have apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, cherry trees, peach, apricot and nectarine trees,” Barkley says. She sounds surprised by the bounty she helped create. […]

Angie Coghlan

Angie Coghlan – 4800 Springfield Avenue Coghlan has planted hundreds of trees in West Philadelphia and she wants to plant more. A retired nurse, Coghlan has been the block captain of 4800 Springfield Avenue for 32 years. During that time, she was also active in  Cedar Park Neighbors and in the revival of the Firehouse […]


Juanita Hatton Delivers Newsletter

Juanita Hatton, 72, steps out of her house on a cold morning to deliver her monthly newsletter to the residents of 3900 Poplar Street in Philadelphia PA. Hatton is a block captain and uses the newsletter to connect the residents to news, opportunities and resources.

Anita Harris is profiled on West Philly Local

Anita Harris‘ backyard is a quarter-acre farm. It is also in the heart of West Philadelphia. The Farm has three hothouses that grow amazing tomatoes as well as many long rows of fresh vegetables and herbs. The Farm is run through a partnership between local block captains (like Anita)  Neighborhood Foods and Urban Tree Connection […]

West Philly Local posts profile of Maureen Tate

The neighborhood blog, West Philly Local, posted the profile of Maureen Tate, the block captain of 4800 Florence Ave. Thank you Maureen for your thirty years of dedicated service to the Cedar Park neighborhood. Cheers!