West Philadelphia

Rare sparrows make guest appearance at Penn

Earlier this year, Penn Medicine epidemiologist Doug Wiebe glimpsed two small all-white birds outside Van Pelt Library that turned out to be albino house sparrows. Their coloration is likely the result of a genetic condition in which a bird’s feathers lack pigment.

Michele W. Berger

New ACME at 40th and Walnut streets opens

Partnering with Penn, the grocery store has invested in a University City market with a fresh concept based on research and neighborhood trends. ACME will also contribute $50,000 to local hunger relief programs, including the Netter Center.

Lauren Hertzler

Quakers of all ages

Every year since 2013, the Penn track and field teams have joined forces with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships in a program called Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA).

Penn Today Staff



In the News


The New York Times

What are the greatest 2,020 songs ever? Philadelphia is deciding

WXPN is airing a countdown of the greatest 2,020 songs, as decided by their listeners.

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Generocity

Stretch your charitable dollar with Penn’s 2019 High Impact Giving Guide

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released its annual giving guide. This year, the guide focused on three main areas: “Those recovering from substance abuse, hard-to-reach communities lacking basic healthcare, and students at various stages of life at risk of being left behind.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Truck traffic is clogging Center City streets. What’s Philly going to do about it?

The School of Design’s Erick Guerra discussed the issue of delivery trucks blocking major streets in Philadelphia. “One of the big first steps is closely analyzing and understanding the problem,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s quite been done yet.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Renter Beware: Philly’s Deadly Housing Problem

Robert Fairbanks of the School of Arts and Sciences explained how unmet demands for affordable housing contribute to the proliferation of unregulated, and often unsafe, rooming houses in Philadelphia.

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NextCity.org

Can Fighting Blight Prevent Gun Violence?

John MacDonald of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited for his research on the impact that cleaning vacant lots can have on reducing violence in urban environments.

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