March 09, 2017

Free Yard Trees Spring 2017

Registration is now open for the Spring 2017 Yard Tree Giveaways!  Click here to see the list of events and to register.

Each spring and fall, our Tree Philly's Yard Tree Giveaway program provides free trees for city dwellers to plant on private property. Trees provided through this program must be planted in the ground on private property in Philadelphia.

Giveaway Events and Registration

Giveaway events are held at various locations across the city each spring and fall. Registration opens approximately one month prior to the events and allows participants to select their preferred pick-up event and species. Registration is strongly encouraged, but they will generally accept walk-ins at the end of each event while supplies last. At each event you will learn how to plant and care for your new tree, and you will take it home with free mulch.

Saturday, April 1st, 2017, 10am-12pm

Congreso de Latinos Unidos courtyard 
216 W. Somerset St., 19133 
Register here

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, 12pm-2pm

South Philadelphia High School 
2101 South Broad St., 19148 
Register here

Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 10am-12pm

Roxborough TD Bank Store 
5501 Ridge Ave., 19128 
Register here

Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 12pm-2pm

Frankford Avenue TD Bank Store 
6635 Frankford Ave., 19135 
Register here

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November 06, 2016

Presidential Election 2016: South Philly Polling Place and Ballot

Philadelphians, please do not forget to vote on election day. If you are not sure where your polling place is, check out the Philadelphia votes website. Your vote and voice matters, regardless of your political affiliation.

We hope the Septa strike will stop or be halted for election day, but if not, you can reach out for different methods to get to your polling place on November 8th.

Sample election ballot for Philadelphia county for the 2016 election.

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October 10, 2016

Work in Navy Yard, live in Whitman

Whitman is a proud neighborhood. We boast strong neighborhood associations and parks, safe streets, and the number one neighborhood spot in Philadelphia. Our fellow Whitman residents and Navy Yard employees have again and again coined the term, work in Navy Yard, live in Whitman. We are proud and loud!

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TreePhilly gives free trees to Whitman neighbors this Fall

Whitman neighbors can get up to 2 free trees to plant in their yard this Fall. TreePhilly is giving out trees this coming Saturday, October 29th at Whitman TD Bank located at 2653 S 5th St from 10am-12pm. Register for your trees ahead of time or come by after 12pm to pick up any remaining trees that have not been picked up. Visit to learn more about the free tree programs available for Philadelphia residents.

More about TreePhilly and the local free street tree program per
TreePhilly, a joint Parks and Recreation Department and Fairmount Park Conservancy Program, is partnering with other organizations to hold tree giveaways around Philadelphia this fall. Property owners pick up one or two trees each, along with free mulch and planting and care instructions, at designated locations.

Tree giveaway locations this fall are at the Whitman TD Bank (2653 S. 5th St.) on Oct. 29; Roxborough TD Bank (5501 Ridge Ave.) on Oct. 30; and Aramingo TD Bank (2267 E. Butler St.) on Nov. 5.

Yard tree varieties being given away this fall include willow oak, hackberry, bald cypress, yellowwood, pagoda dogwood, American smoketree, red buckeye, sourwood, Asian pear, fig, nectarine and paw paw.

The program says fall is a good time to plant trees because the following months of cool weather give young trees time to spread out and establish roots before  summer's heat.

To date, TreePhilly has provided more than 15,000 free trees, according to the program's website.

The initiative began in 2012. Since then, the program has sought to add greenery to barren neighborhoods, though it has sometimes had a hard time convincing residents to plant trees.

"A lot of people, my family included, are tree skeptics," Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philly's parks and recreation commissioner, said earlier this year. "They think that trees cause more problems than the value they add."

For those concerned about putting a problematic tree in their yard, she said: "We have arborists who identify the right tree to be put in your yard, trees that don't grow too high or too deep."
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Whitman Cat Colony

The Whitman Cat Colony refers to a colony of about 100 stray and feral cats located in the back parking ground of Whitman Plaza. The Whitman Cat Colony began as a dumping ground for unwanted cats, but grew into a cat colony maintained by local South Philadelphian volunteers. Caretakers of the colony provide food, water, and shelter for these cats. Volunteers also organize a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program, in which unaltered cats are taken to low-cost vets or clinics to get altered and vaccinated then returned to the colony. The vet doing the surgery will usually snip a small piece of skin from the cat’s ear to indicate that the cat has been altered so as to signify who has been altered in the colony and who has not (signaling who are the resident cats and who are the new drop offs).1,2

Facebook Post 1. Whitman cat colony images shared by Support Whitman Share Babies

Facebook Post 2. Support Whitman's Fur Babies asks for community help

  1. "Whitman Cats." Two Pugs Photography. July 14, 2016. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  2. Zalot, M. "Women race to save South Philly cat colony from harsh winter." Nov 24, 2014. Accessed 5 Oct 2016.
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September 02, 2016

Shoprite of Whitman Plaza opening draws Mayor Kenney

Shoprite of Whitman Plaza finally opened yesterday, drawing visits from local Philadelphia officials, including Mayor Jim Kenney. Neighbors have been long waiting for the re-opening of this shopping center where Pathmark once stood. 

The move of Shoprite from Snyder Plaza to Whitman Plaza means that Pennsport loses another shopping center, but Whitman neighborhood continues to develop and grow. The Oregon market is just next door to Shoprite and Aldi is only a few blocks away at 2603 S Front street.

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April 23, 2016

Whitman ranked best neighborhood; featured in PHG and Philadelphia magazines

Our South Philadelphia's beloved Whitman neighborhood has been making regular media appearances as of late. Home of the first vegan farm in the US, Whitman has been named one of the safest neighborhoods in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine and the 1st best neighborhood in Philadelphia 2016 by StreetAdvisor.

One news we are particular proud to point out is this feature in Philly Home Girls neighborhood guide to Whitman. The author was inclusive of our South Philly neighborhood, old and the new. More importantly, she just really gets our neighborhood vibe. Whitman has always been a thriving community in itself, so it's no developer or real estate agent's dream builder. It stands among its developing and gentrifying neighbors, adapting with its own unrelenting South Philly attitude.

Whitman neighborhood won was ranked 1st best neighborhood in Philadelphia by StreetAdvisor voters in 2016
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