The Alley informs and engages the Phillips Community through media created by neighborhood residents and workers focused on neighborhood information, needs and issues.
The Alley is a 45 year old nonprofit newspaper created by Phillips Community residents to live neighborhood residents the opportunity to write and produce stories from the neighborhood that reflect the experience of living in the community. Mainstream media have historically framed the community as low income, racially diverse and crime ridden which paints a picture that does not reflect the community and its assets. All writer and contributors are volunteers who use The Alley to inform, engage and organize their neighbors around social, environmental, and emerging issues as well as other areas of neighborhood interest.
The Alley has facilitated community organizers to stop a garbage transfer station, an incinerator, stop the demolition of a community swimming pool for a few examples and to turn those actions into building new community enhancing services/programs like the ReUse Center, The Green Institute and new Phillips Pool and Gym.
Our goal is to keep The Alley as a volunteer community-led organization to continue the print publication and to enhance the website and social media presence to engage new audiences and neighborhood residents.