Finding a new home for NEast Philly’s content

When I made the decision in late 2013 to close NEast Philly, offers poured in to keep the site running. Many community groups, politicians, universities, bloggers and local newsies offered to either fund the site, host pieces of the archives or keep the site alive with some kind of fresh content.

I found it surprisingly easy to envision all of these possibilities. After five years of closely managing the site and being extremely careful about affiliations, once I made the decision to close up shop, letting go wasn’t as hard as I imagined. But I knew I wanted to find the right fit for the archives — a place where I could be proud to send people looking for the content, where it would all be in one place, and where related content already exists.

That transition is now complete. Continue reading Finding a new home for NEast Philly’s content

Why I closed my Philly-based hyperlocal news site

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Two months ago, I wrote my last post for NEastPhilly.com, the hyperlocal news site I started in 2008 to cover Northeast Philly — a large part of the city that, to date, gets little media attention.
For a large part of the last five years, I lived and breathed NEast Philly. I wanted to leave a little bit of time between that and posting my thoughts here.
Here’s some of what I learned over the last half-decade, and what went into my decision to shut down. Continue reading Why I closed my Philly-based hyperlocal news site

How Philadelphia’s AVI will affect the Northeast [NEast Philly]

This is a quick post I did for NEast Philly using data gathered by the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network.

PPIIN created the map of a sampling of Northeast Philadelphia homes. It allows homeowners to enter their address and calculate how much they’re expected to pay under Philadelphia’s Actual Value Initiative to adjust property taxes. Continue reading How Philadelphia’s AVI will affect the Northeast [NEast Philly]

City Planning Commission holds first public meeting for Lower Northeast District [NEast Philly]

Residents of a Northeast Philadelphia planning district used a map to identify their neighborhoods’ strengths, opportunities and weaknesses.

This is a story I wrote, shot video and took photos for and published to NEast Philly, the hyperlocal news website I own/edit in Northeast Philadelphia.

As the City of Philadelphia continues implementing portions of its comprehensive plans, meetings have kicked off around the city in 18 identifiable regions. There, city planners will meet with residents to single out neighborhoods’ strengths, weakness and opportunities. Each district will eventually implement a plan that makes better use of neighborhoods and their assets.

The full story is below and originally appeared on NEast Philly. Continue reading City Planning Commission holds first public meeting for Lower Northeast District [NEast Philly]

Zoning Board overturns application Holmesburg methadone clinic [NEast Philly breaking news]

A neighborhood rally against a proposed methadone clinic in Holmesburg, summer 2011. Photo/Stephen Schultz for NEast Philly

This is part of a series I’ve written, shot video and taken photos for and published to NEast Philly, the hyperlocal news website I own/edit in Northeast Philadelphia.

I got a call today from Pa. Rep. Kevin Boyle’s office informing me Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment had revoked an over-the-counter permit for a methadone clinic in Holmesburg, a Northeast Philadelphia neighbor.

It’s not the end of the story, but it’s a milestone in series of reports NEast Philly has done, starting with the news we broke in July 2011.

I got a call just before July 4th from a Holmesburg resident who wanted to know how a methadone clinic was opening in her neighborhood without anyone realizing. I called legislators and the civic association and the story unfolded, eventually making headlines city-wide. Continue reading Zoning Board overturns application Holmesburg methadone clinic [NEast Philly breaking news]

New owners for Stokes property just as Planning Commission enters Holme Circle [NEast Philly]

The Stokes property in Northeast Philadelphia was recently purchased by a developer.

This is a story I wrote, shot video and took photos for and published to NEast Philly, the hyperlocal news website I own/edit in Northeast Philadelphia.

Reporting on civic association meetings is one of the most challenging things I do for NEast Philly. It’s an hour or three spent with residents who have the deepest knowledge of a neighborhood possible. There are often vague references to extinct properties, multiple and disjointed topics of discussion and a free-for-all “new business” discussion.

But every now and then, a group’s meeting comes together in a way that makes it enjoyable to write. And the published product is better for it. Continue reading New owners for Stokes property just as Planning Commission enters Holme Circle [NEast Philly]

Talking new media publishing at Uncapped Live

The whole Uncapped crowd at Sigma Sound studio. Photo courtesy of 215mag.com.

Why was I involved with the Vitamin Water #UncappedLive event series Sept. 6? Part of the 16-day celebration of music, media, arts and other niches was the New Media Unplugged event hosted by two.one.five. magazine and Technically Philly at Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound studio.

I joined editors from Geekadelphia, Drink Philly, Naked Philly and Generocity, among others for a pretty informal discussion about my work with NEast Philly. Continue reading Talking new media publishing at Uncapped Live