Nine years ago, Michael Hayward knew that the neighborhood around his home at 12th and Wingohocking streets was facing tough times. The “sinking homes” disaster had caused many responsible homeowners to move out of the area, and the strength of the existing Logan community organization had diminished considerably. So Hayward and a neighbor–Sonya Bryant–decided that […]
Inside the courtroom at the 35th Police District, Officer Barbara Blackford opens the double doors and calls out to the two people waiting in the hallway. “You can come back in,” she says as she holds the door open. A teenage boy walks into the courtroom followed by his mother. They seat themselves in two […]
The Word of God has never sounded so cool. Meet Donte Holland, also known by his rapper name Beloved the Ghostwriter, gospel rapper from the Strawberry Mansion area of Philadelphia. Getting his start when he was 13 years old, Beloved has now solidified himself as a Christian rapper with lyrics based on the gospel. “Since […]
The Logan Police Athletic League (PAL) Center, located at The Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1100 W. Rockland St., is one of the smallest in Philadelphia. Yet there is a gigantic amount of hard work and volunteering that goes into giving the neighborhood kids a place off of the streets. Sharon Wells has been operating […]
You may see them walking around your neighborhood wearing sharp-looking suit jackets, spotless white shirts, with backpacks and nice slacks. You may also see them stray away from the sidewalks and up the front steps of your neighbors’ houses to spread the word. Regardless of whether or not you’re listening, know this: many others are. […]
Whether it has been a late train or a less than pleasant smelling subway platform, we have all had our own issues with the city’s public transportation system. It is the easiest way to get where you need to go, but with so much cause for complaint, most people probably wish they could find alternative […]
From the draperies adorned atop the vaulted windows, to the candelabras along the walls, gold tones emit an enchanting ambiance within Willa Ward-Royster’s Logan home. A chandelier hung from the ceiling and crystals suspended from tall end table lamps in the living room, create whimsical touches of glamour that seem to mirror the tenant perfectly. Today, you can still see that glamour and sophistication of years past within Willa.