Hunting Park

 By Harris Mailman and Dariel Johnson

Hunting Park: Keeping Kids’ Heads In the Game and Out of Trouble

Hunting Park: Keeping Kids’ Heads In the Game and Out of Trouble

Fourteen-year-old Tyrell Peterson has been playing basketball in Hunting Park since he was old enough to pick one up. His mother, Tamika Hall, supports his love for the game and vows to ultimately let him choose his path. “Basketball is his thing, not mine,” she says. “And I would never take that from him. It’s […]

 By Rachel Horning

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

[vimeo 18393641] Being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence. Just ask Jennifer Poole. Poole lives in Hunting Park and sees her HIV status as no big deal. “Some people let their disease carry them away to the point where it makes them sick. Most people I know who have any type of illness […]

 By Rachel Horning

Hunting Park: Education Outside the Classroom

Hunting Park: Education Outside the Classroom

[vimeo 18393618] Michele Holloway asked the question, “What don’t you like about the park?” to a group of 30 youth from Hunting Park on Friday night. A hand shot into the air, “Trash.” And another, “Violence.” And another, “Drugs.” And then one more, “Dog poop.” With a chuckle, Holloway corralled the group back to the […]

 By Rachel Horning

Hunting Park: Graffiti

Hunting Park: Graffiti

[vimeo 18393636] 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, […]

 By Rachel Horning and Whitney Crawford

Hunting Park: An Incident on Eighth Street

Hunting Park: An Incident on Eighth Street

[vimeo 18393672] 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 […]

 By Rachel Horning and Whitney Crawford

Hunting Park: The Beacon of Hope

Hunting Park: The Beacon of Hope

[vimeo 18393610] 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 […]

 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 […]