University City

Produced by Karen Smyles
The University City area is comprised of several different neighborhoods that include Spruce Hill, Garden Court, Walnut Hill, Powelton Village and Cedar Park. Each is very unique and has a distinctive characteristic and feel. In the past decade these neighborhoods have changed a bit and arts, culture and entertainment has taken on an even bigger role.

Separated from Center City by the Schuylkill River, this section of West Philadelphia resembles a microcosm of the city itself. Many of its attractions and events, community gardens and parks, restaurants, and offbeat performances, were created to benefit the people who have come to live in the neighborhood. Ask any one about the signature characteristics of the entire area, and they’re sure to mention diversity. There’s even a bit of a bohemian vibe, a trait it’s had since the 60’s.

Undoubtedly, the area is thriving largely due to the two major educational institutions located there: The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Although, people of all ages are definitely taking advantage of all it has to offer. It’s an area of the city that is making a real effort to bring all kinds of people together by making many of the attractions financially accessible to everyone. There really is something for everyone.

Music Between Friends

Produced by Karen Smyles
Aja and Fatin, the voices behind Kindred the Family Soul, talk about their newest album and their music. They both talk about their process, inspirations, and collaborations behind their music.

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