Announcing “Heart((beat))”; a new beat with its finger on the pulse of Young Philly

(L to R) Heart((beat)) reporters Marchiony and Nelms.
Photo credit V.Marchiony and J.Nelms.

Philadelphia, PA- Over the course of the spring 2014 semester, Temple University journalism students Jackie Nelms and Victoria Marchiony will cover the aspects of Philadelphia that make it a beloved home to so many young adults.

In recent years the young adult population of Philadelphia has soared. According a State of the City report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts last March, individuals between the ages of 20 and 34 now account more than 25 percent of the city’s total population- an increase of around five percent over the course of just seven years since the previous count.

The numerous colleges and universities in the area- Temple, Drexel, and the University of Pennsylvania, to name a few- have guaranteed a young adult presence. The demographic’s growing population suggests that now more than ever students are choosing to stay in the city after graduation. “It’s a great, young, city. There’s a lot to do, and tons of opportunities to get things done as well,” explained Temple University senior Chris Bohden. Bohden, originally from Bridgeport, N.J., says he plans to stay in Philadelphia forever “I’ve totally fallen in love with it- I feel completely at home here”.

The number of young adults in the city of brotherly love has a huge cultural as well as economic impact. Heart((beat)) will explore where this population is spending their time, money and energy, and how they’re taking advantage of all Philadelphia has to offer on a budget.

What is there to do for fun? What tourist attractions are actually worth checking out? What are the best places to eat and drink? What are the cheapest up-and-coming neighborhoods to live in? What kinds of businesses are emerging and how are young entrepreneurs pulling it off? What are the best ways to get involved in the community?

Nelms and Marchiony will explore the resources available to the young adult community such as the Young Professional Network of Philadelphia, and Young Adult meetup groups, and compare notes on the town with recent graduates who have decided to make their homes in Philadelphia to address these questions and more in this fresh, exciting new beat.

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