- Mapping the North Philadelphia Community -

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All interns participating in the Urban Apps & Maps Summer BITS program have taken part in a mapping activity to become more familiar with Temple University and its surrounding community. Dr. David J. Organ, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography & Urban Studies led a tour starting from the Temple University library to the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street in North Philadelphia.

 

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Dr. Organ talking to youth about the history of the Paley Library and the Bell Tower

The youth were expected to write down their observations during the mapping activity and use their notes later in order to complete various stages of their final projects.

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Youth writing down an observation of the Paley Library

Here are different highlights of the mapping activity that our youth were able to experience and record:

 

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Dr. Organ discusses Temple University founder, Russell Conwell and how he paved the way for Temple to become an accessible school for students in an urban environment

 

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Dr. Organ talks about Russell Conwell Hall, and again articulates the beginnings of Temple University and its effects on the North Philadelphia Community

Dr. Organ and a group of interns stand in front of Johnson & Hardwick Residence Hall to begin their journey on Diamond Street.

Dr. Organ and a group of interns stand in front of Johnson & Hardwick Residence Hall to begin their journey on Diamond Street. Dr. Organ discusses the history surrounding the Grover Washington Jr. mural across the street.

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Mural of Grover Washington Jr.

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Dr. Organ discusses how this mural dedicated to the Black Panthers and activist Sonia Sanchez in Philadelphia depicts the importance of the North Philadelphia black community in the 1980’s

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Dr. Organ discusses the effects of realty companies, such as Templetown, that are buying up properties in North Philadelphia to market to Temple students

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Students visit the Church of the Advocate on Diamond St. and view beautiful artwork relating to the African-American struggle

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Dr. Organ Explaining Artwork

Here is an Intern perspective of the mapping activity: