Nicetown

 

Nicetown: Will Steel Elementary Become A Charter School?

Nicetown: Will Steel Elementary Become A Charter School?

On May 1, parents will vote on whether to keep Steel Elementary School in the hands of the school district, or to allow Mastery Charter to take over operations. Several parent and teacher groups have been firm in their opposition, claiming that such a takeover would take away resources from students. “Rather than provide schools […]

 

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five People Making a Difference

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five People Making a Difference

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West have consistently been portrayed in the news as poverty and crime-ridden areas. But often overlooked are the leaders that work in the community. Whether new to the community or long-time presences, these people have worked tirelessly to make their neighborhood a better place to live. 1. A rookie to the squad, firefighter […]

 

Allegheny West: Merchants Association Builds Up The Business Corridor

Allegheny West: Merchants Association Builds Up The Business Corridor

For more than four decades, the North 22nd Street Merchants Association has dedicated its services to businesses along the corridor that stretches from Lehigh Avenue to Allegheny Avenue along 22nd Street. Since the 1970s, economic struggles have left many empty storefronts along the corridor. Within recent years, however, many new businesses have popped up with the […]

 

Nicetown: The Arc Provides A Safety Net For Disabled

[vimeo 89427324] The Arc has always been on the cutting edge of treatment and care for people with disabilities. The Philadelphia chapter in Nicetown embodies this progressive philosophy, and the results have been tangible. Members of the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been provided with job training and placement, as well as critical life skills. The […]

 

Nicetown: Five Places You Should Know

Nicetown: Five Places You Should Know

Nicetown is a neighborhood of North Philadelphia that has lots of people from various organizations working to develop the area as a community. With the help of the Nicetown Community Development Corporation (CDC), these five places are home to some emerging resources that make the area a better place to live for people and families. […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: Bayard Taylor Elementary Saved

Nicetown/Tioga: Bayard Taylor Elementary Saved

When the Facilities Master Plan was announced by the School Reform Commission, 66 schools were listed for possible closures or merging. The news came as a shock to people at several schools, especially for those at Bayard Taylor Elementary. On Decc 13, the commission announced the Facilities Master Plan, which at the time included 37 different schools for closure in […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: John G. Whittier Elementary School Closing

Nicetown/Tioga: John G. Whittier Elementary School Closing

[vimeo 65740632] A number of schools are scheduled to close after a vote by the School District of Philadelphia. Of the three schools in Nicetown-Tioga, two are staying open and one is closing. The closing of John G. Whittier Elementary school has left many students and parents in the Nicetown-Tioga area with an uncertain future […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Program Teaches ‘Values Through Sports’

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Program Teaches ‘Values Through Sports’

Every Saturday, the sound of children playing outside, basketballs hitting the pavement or children running around sharing their new piece of artwork to others are common occurrences at the New Creation Community Center, located on 162 W. Tioga Street. Seven years ago, Director R. Scott Thornton began the program Values Through Sports to help children […]

 By Kate Trowbridge

Allegheny: Gun Violence Decreases But Still a Large Problem

Allegheny: Gun Violence Decreases But Still a Large Problem

[vimeo 63697359] Incidents involving guns have prompted citizens in the Allegheny, Nicetown and Tioga area to take a proactive stand against violence. Groups like Men United For A Better Philadelphia and programs like Cradle 2 Grave were created with the intent to bring awareness to gun violence in hopes of diminishing it in this neighborhood and […]

 By Kate Trowbridge and Siena Mazero

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Family Center Works to Help the Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Family Center Works to Help the Community

Mercy Family Center, located at 1939 W. Venango St., provides care and assistance to anyone in the Nicetown-Tioga area who may need it. The center got its start when a local parish house realized there was something missing in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. “In 1990, we had three Sisters working in different parishes in Philadelphia. One […]