Ludlow

 By Cherri Gregg

Ludlow: A Community Struggles to Find a New Leader

Ludlow: A Community Struggles to Find a New Leader

Ludlow is a community in mourning. Marvin Louis, the former executive director of the Ludlow Community Association, died in May. He lived on North Sixth Street for more than 40 years, acting as a liaison between city government and residents of the community he cared so much about.  Fondly referred to as the “Mayor of […]

 By Cherri Gregg and James Jackson

Ludlow: Local Bakers Make Risqué Cakes that Spice Up the Neighborhood

Ludlow: Local Bakers Make Risqué Cakes that Spice Up the Neighborhood

Jose Toledo has owned and operated Lawrence Bakery Inc. at the corner of West Girard Avenue and Lawrence Street for more than 18 years. He and his wife Gloria took over from a previous owner who operated the bakery for four decades. “There’s a reason why this place has been here for almost 70 years,” […]

 By Cherri Gregg

Ludlow: Seventh Annual Sugar Kane Festival Engages Community

Ludlow: Seventh Annual Sugar Kane Festival Engages Community

Asociaciòn Puertorriqueños en Marcha is a non-profit organization that provides critical health, housing, substance abuse and support services for families in North Philadelphia. The organization has worked to transform North Philadelphia by rehabilitating older housing and developing new affordable housing projects for lower-income families. Examples of APM’s work are visible near Fifth and Berks Streets, […]

 By Cherri Gregg and James Jackson

Ludlow: The Village, a Mosaic Oasis of Community Expression

Ludlow: The Village, a Mosaic Oasis of Community Expression

Imagine a place surrounded by stark urban blight where you hear the bright sounds of music, laughter of children and see engaging artwork, such as shiny mosaics and colorful murals, on all the walls around you. The warmth from dozens of smiling faces seems like a summer breeze blowing the tall shade trees surrounding this place.Is […]

 By Cherri Gregg and James Jackson

Ludlow: Urban Clothier Hit Hard by Bad Economy

Ludlow: Urban Clothier Hit Hard by Bad Economy

Earnest Young has always loved fashion. From the time he was a little boy, he took extra care when selecting what to wear. “From when I was 10 years old, back in junior high school I was best dressed and all that,” said Young, 42. “And now, this place is a reflection of me.” The […]

 By Cherri Gregg and James Jackson

Ludlow: Art Gallery Works to Make Photography Available to All

Ludlow: Art Gallery Works to Make Photography Available to All

When Sarah Stolfa created the business plan for the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, she thought it would be a commercial enterprise. But she soon realized that the community needed something more. “For profit galleries represent artists, they have exhibitions and they sell work,” Stolfa said. “Institutions like museums, like this photo center are for the […]

 By Cherri Gregg

Ludlow: Two Little T-Shirt Shops Set Their Sight on Big Goals

Ludlow: Two Little T-Shirt Shops Set Their Sight on Big Goals

It makes him feel “kind of bad” Michael Walker said about his making a lot of money from those grieving the death of loved ones. Walker owns Mike’s Airbrush, a custom airbrush studio near the corner of Fifth Street and Girard Avenue in Ludlow.  Walker’s worked at the location for 10 years and has owned […]

 By Kellie Meyer and Frances McInerney

Ludlow: Drueding Center Provides Success Stories for Women

Ludlow: Drueding Center Provides Success Stories for Women

April 6, 2010. That day changed Tyisha Shields’ life forever. It was a day of new beginnings and the day she decided to take control of her life. It was the day she came to the Drueding Center. A branch of Holy Redeemer Health System, the Drueding Center is located at 413 W. Master St. […]

 By Kellie Meyer

Ludlow: A Glimmer of Tinseltown on Oxford Street

Ludlow: A Glimmer of Tinseltown on Oxford Street

A movie clapboard snapped as someone yelled “take three” from on set. A camera started recording as a familiar actor began his performance. This might sound like something from a typical Hollywood production, but it actually happened to be from a scene filmed right in Philadelphia’s backyard. Invincible Pictures and Philadelphia Soundstages is a full-scale […]

 By Frances McInerney and Kellie Meyer

Ludlow: A ‘Close-Up’ on Project Basho

Ludlow: A ‘Close-Up’ on Project Basho

Nestled between boarded up warehouses and vacant lots off Girard Avenue is a hidden paradise for photographers known formerly as “Project Basho.” The words ‘Project Basho’ are written in bold horizontal letters identifying one of the warehouse doors at the intersection of Thompson Street and Germantown Avenue as the location. It may seem easy to […]