Hunting Park

 By Rachel Horning

Hunting Park: Graffiti

Hunting Park: Graffiti

Jorge Santana apologizes for his mounting frustration. With each graffiti-laden corner in the Southwest section of Hunting Park that he passes, his sighs get louder and his head shakes more emphatically. “Sorry, I get worked up every time I come down here.” He is the chief of staff for State Rep. Tony Payton, and Hunting […]

 By Rachel Horning and Whitney Crawford

Hunting Park: An Incident on Eighth Street

Hunting Park: An Incident on Eighth Street

Dave Coit wears sunglasses on cloudy days. He favors his left side when he walks. And he is missing a tooth from the right side of his mouth. These are all ailments from a beating he received courtesy of a group of Philadelphia police officers in June 2006. Many of his neighbors and friends watched […]

 By Rachel Horning and Whitney Crawford

Hunting Park: The Beacon of Hope

Hunting Park: The Beacon of Hope

Hunting Park Recreational Center stands in the middle of  North Philadelphia.  Being one of the lone buildings within the park’s borders, it demands to be noticed and to be regarded.  Walking through its doors and talking to the people inside elevates that regard to an attitude of respect.  The center gives the neighborhood’s people a […]

 By Ryan Ruth and Marissa Murtaugh

Hunting Park: Los Brothers Is Home

Hunting Park: Los Brothers Is Home

Los Brothers Barber Shop is just like ordinary barber shops…sort of. The shop lies on the corner of Fifth and Hunting Park, rectangular in shape, like a box.  It holds seven chairs, split on two adjacent walls, a barber manning each one. Clad in blue smocks, the barbers check their work in the mirrors that […]

 By Jerry Brennan

Hunting Park: A Night on the Police Beat

Hunting Park: A Night on the Police Beat

In Hunting Park, a neighborhood known for drugs, police officers Matt Dydak and John Teetz claim the majority of the people involved in these criminal activities actually come from outside of the neighborhood. “It’s a shame for the people that live here. A lot of the people that come down here are drug addicts from […]

 By Aaron Gottlieb

Hunting Park: Teaming Up to Stop Crime

Hunting Park: Teaming Up to Stop Crime

Greg Bucceroni sat down in his office chair and insisted he describe where his life’s path has led him. In the 1970s, Bucceroni was a juvenile delinquent in the Brooklyn and Manhattan. “I was very violent as a kid, and some of the people I associated with were the real life gangsters from the movie ‘GoodFellas,’” […]

 By Andrea DeSabato

Hunting Park: A Businessman Who Believes in More than Business

Hunting Park: A Businessman Who Believes in More than Business

Arty Elgart claims that if you ask the people who live near his automotive business what he sells they would have no clue. But Elgart is no stranger to the residents who live around 10th and Butler Streets in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. His familiar face is one the community knows is trustworthy and […]

 By Aaron Gottlieb

Hunting Park: Navigating School Safety

Hunting Park: Navigating School Safety

Officer Raul Ortiz looked like a man completely comfortable in his profession and at ease with his surroundings. As we began our drive through one of the busiest districts in the city, one of the few that has their own radio band, it was only a short amount of time before my feeling of excitement […]

 By Aaron Gottlieb and Andrea DeSabato

Hunting Park: Small Steps Toward Better Housing

Hunting Park: Small Steps Toward Better Housing

Be persistent is the motto that 24-year-old Marquita Irby lives by. She offers this motto to anyone who asks her for advice regarding obtaining affordable housing. Irby’s path to owning her own home was long and stressful. But now it seems it was well worth her effort. “It took me four years to get this house. […]

 By Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Deep in the heart of Hunting Park is new hope. Reporters Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek give you an inside look at Nueva Esperanza and the Open Borders Project. Follow the links below to learn more. Nueva Esperanza: A Tie That Binds a Community Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project