The New Africa Center, in collaboration with HopePHL and Penn Praxis, has been diligently working to develop a neighborhood plan that revolves around the creation of a cultural district named "The New Freedom District." After a series of community engagement sessions, on Thursday, May 4, 2023, the organizations activated the vacant lots on Lex Street as the first site to reimagine due to its status as the "gateway to the business corridor."
Dante Leonard, HopePHL's Commercial Corridor Manager reflected on how special this project was for him, HopePHL and the community. "I have a passion for helping people and bringing people together to proactively solve problems and collectively build solutions. This is exactly what the community has done in bringing this once vacant and forgotten space back to life. The story of Lex Street has left a mark on Philadelphia history. It is a great feeling to be involved in this project that has the potential to positively engage young residents in this community. I have lived and worked in West Philadelphia my entire life. This neighborhood is very much a part of my fabric as a man, father, and community leader."
In honor of Black History Month 2023, the HopePHL Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) recognized local stakeholders with the “Parks - Catto Community Hero Awards.” This award asked the community to nominate and vote for individuals, organizations and businesses that are Living the Legacy of heroes such as Rosa Parks and Octavius Catto! The winners were announced in celebration of the birthday of Octavius Catto. Each winner received a gift card and certificate of appreciation from NAC Manager Kevin Brown, on behalf of HopePHL. Click Read More to meet the winners.
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