Fairhill

 By Jonathan Viguers and Nicole Volpicelli

Fairhill: Homeless

Fairhill: Homeless

William Anderson Payne is under the bridge at Second and Indiana avenues. He stands beside freight tracks in a makeshift bedroom. The bed has risers and a headboard. Someone has managed to pull a garden hose under the bridge. Water gushes from the hose and under it lies old toothbrushes and needles made muddy in […]

 By Danielle Harvey

Fairhill: Breaking Down Language Barriers

Fairhill: Breaking Down Language Barriers

On a cold and overcast Thursday morning, a group of dedicated students file into a drafty gymnasium on the fourth floor of The Lighthouse, a community organization on Lehigh Avenue. On one side of the gym, basketballs lie scattered across the floor, and a few of the students pick them up and haphazardly toss them into […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Needle Exchange Program Helps Addicts

Fairhill: Needle Exchange Program Helps Addicts

It’s a Wednesday and cold, too cold for October. The weather is gray. It matches the cement stairs on the corner of Third street and Lehigh Avenue. People line the stairwell leading to a sturdy door in the basement of an old warehouse. The door is marked with a small blue sign that reads, “Prevention Point […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Fresh Ink

Fairhill: Fresh Ink

Valedan sits on an empty bucket once filled with Spackle.  He picks a paint-splattered fold up table from the floor and sets it to his right.  A big screen TV is hung on the wall to his left and a massage chair acts as a living room couch. He rests his razors and drawing pencil […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Underground Transportation Above Ground

Fairhill: Underground Transportation Above Ground

“Cab….cab…. cab…” Looking around, you may not see a yellow sedan or hear the familiar screech and stop and hasty honk of a commercial cab company. There may no rooftop light or fare meter, perhaps only a simple four-door unmarked sedan. But you will hear is the same word over and over. This is the […]

 By Myles Aion

Pathways to Success in Fairhill

Pathways to Success in Fairhill

Tucked away on Fourth Street under a green awning, students line up to go to school. Faculty and security staff walk the line inspecting students. Each one must be wearing black socks, black shoes and a black belt holding in his or her green polo shirt with Fairhill Community High School etched across the breast. […]

 By Dashira A. Harris, Amanda Snyder and Keith Morrison

The Food of Fairhill

The Food of Fairhill

Fairhill residents don’t have to go far to get a taste of their native dishes. Making and selling popular products that include longanisa (chicken and pork sausages), morsilla (blood sausage) and octopus salad, Diaz Meat Market has been a staple in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia for 35 years. Fairhill features a mix of […]

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