Ludlow

 By Megan Linkfield

Ludlow: Signs of Commercial Revitalization

Ludlow: Signs of Commercial Revitalization

If only Stephen Girard could see the avenue named in his honor back in the mid-1800s today, his reaction might be one of disappointment. Or at least surprise. Once considered one of the wealthiest men in Philadelphia, Girard was a successful merchant and businessman with big ambitions for the city.  After years of deterioration and […]

 By Josh Schrager

Ludlow: Muslim Students Excel; School Plans Expansion

Ludlow: Muslim Students Excel; School Plans Expansion

Located on 1501 Germantown Ave., the Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy is a Muslim-based school for kindergarteners through 12th graders. Members of the faculty, such as Principal Abdur Rahman, teach Muslim values each day. Rahman believes that many Americans stereotype Muslims as terrorists. However, he attempts to shed that stereotype. “We’re always talking about the good qualities […]

 By Megan Linkfield and Sandra Rollins

Ludlow: Investments Necessary to Improve Unemployment

Ludlow: Investments Necessary to Improve Unemployment

“There’s only so much I can do if they don’t even know how to click the mouse.” On a busy weekday afternoon at the Ramonita G. deRogriguez Branch of the Free Library located at 600 W. Girard Ave., Erik Eskin expresses his concerns with the overwhelming lack of self-sufficiency in Ludlow. As the library’s director, […]

 By Josh Schrager and Lauren Williams

Ludlow: A Community Based on Family

Ludlow: A Community Based on Family

In an alley on North Orianna Street with walls covered in graffiti in Ludlow rest seven men just hanging out and talking with each other. Many people assume that illegal activities occur in the alleyways of North Philadelphia, but these residents are just enjoying each other’s company. “I’m here every day just hanging out with […]

 By Evan Casey and Jessica Fowler

Ludlow’s Identity Crisis

Ludlow’s Identity Crisis

“It looks nice, but they’re still shooting like it’s Iraq out here,” said Shawn Govan when asked about all the new and rehabbed housing being built in the Ludlow neighborhood. This statement was promptly shot full of holes itself by several other residents of the area. Still, there is a kernel of truth in Shawn’s […]

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Church Helps Battle Addiction

Ludlow: Church Helps Battle Addiction

Addiction is in the news a lot these days. While most of stories found in the local media tend to focus on their subjects due to celebrity or social status. Some are professional athletes or in Philadelphia their coach’s sons; others are musicians and entertainers. But most of the victims of addiction are found in […]

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Baseball has been a staple of early life for generations of American youths, but in some inner-city neighborhoods many children never get a chance to get in the game. In communities where parents sometimes struggle to keep their kids in school and off the streets, extra-curricular activities like baseball have often taken a backseat. “Baseball […]

 By Vince Paravecchia and Christie Alderfer

Ludlow: Studying the Bible Makes a Difference

Ludlow: Studying the Bible Makes a Difference

They come to learn, to play and to pray. For the past 15 years, children and young adults from the Ludlow community and the surrounding area have gathered each and every Tuesday night at the Sixth Street Mennonite Church for a Bible study taught by volunteers and church leaders. While the reasons for attending vary […]