Brewerytown

 By Brad Larrison and Lindsay Burgess

Brewerytown: Commercial Developments to Improve Quality of Life

Brewerytown: Commercial Developments to Improve Quality of Life

Ten years ago, West Girard Avenue looked like a completely different street. What used to be a sidewalk littered with vacant storefronts is now a budding commercial corridor where new businesses are cropping up left and right. “Walking up Girard Avenue a few years back, all you’d see were cell phone retailers and Chinese food […]

 By Lindsay Burgess

Brewerytown: Cafe Opens on West Girard Avenue

Brewerytown: Cafe Opens on West Girard Avenue

Four white cups brimming with hot coffee sit precariously in a teetering cardboard beverage carrier perched on a customer’s forearm. She struggles to reach for the doorknob that barely clings to its old wooden anchor. “Oh, let me get that for you!” exclaims the petite redhead sitting close to the door. “So sorry about that, […]

 By Brad Larrison

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

A storefront, a banquet hall, an auto tag store and even private homes provide a venues for residents to vote in Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown. These polling places may be less traditional than the public schools or community centers voters are accustomed to. However, there is no reason to believe that the venue would effect […]

 By Phil Coles

Brewerytown: Neighborhood Boxer Inducted into Hall of Fame

Brewerytown: Neighborhood Boxer Inducted into Hall of Fame

In a city with a history of great boxers, it’s easy to overlook one: Brewerytown’s Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown. On May 16, however, Brown was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame–an honor he feels is a bit overdue. “I think I should have been in earlier,” says Brown. “It is what it is […]

 By Phil Coles

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

After decades of population and job losses, developers and community leaders have hope that Brewerytown can take advantage of its proximity to Center City to become a thriving area for small business owners.  New shops have begun moving into the neighborhood and with them, come more jobs. “The more people that live in this area, […]

 By Phil Coles and Chris Banks

Revitalization in Brewerytown

Revitalization in Brewerytown

A small coffee house called Mugshots could be the catalyst to revitalize a long suffering area of North Philadelphia. With the help of a $50,000 government grant left over from some stimulus money earmarked for struggling neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Mugshots and development company MMPartners LLC, are spearheading an effort to revamp the West Girard Avenue […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

Brewerytown’s real estate power struggle has been burning hot for about five years now. But recently the neighborhood’s renaissance has been stalled, leaving new buyers and long-time residents left wondering if the new found interest in their North Philadelphia neighborhood was a false alarm or the prelude to something bigger? Over the last 10 years […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

The current budget passed by the commonwealth left the Philadelphia School District looking at a $178 million gap. Fernando Gallard, the director of media relations for the district, says that cuts will be made in operating costs, not in the budgets of the schools themselves. He explained that jobs would be shuffled around, basically realigning the […]

 By Evan Macy

Brewerytown: Where Champions Were Brewed

Brewerytown: Where Champions Were Brewed

Dave Jordan went to 47 baseball games when he was a young boy between 1948 and 1952. His team lost 41 of them. On Wednesday the Philadelphia Phillies lost game six of the World Series to American League foes, the New York Yankees. Though the fall of the beloved and dynamic Phillies will be one […]

 By: Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Community Center Bridges the Digital Divide

Brewerytown: The Community Center Bridges the Digital Divide

Computer access can be taken for granted by Blackberry-wielding e-mailers, but for many people, getting to a computer is not so effortless. Libraries, community and recreation centers play a primary function, giving residents in urban neighborhoods access the Internet as well as many other services. In Brewerytown, residents have been able to utilize the resources […]