Nicetown

 By Ben Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: Temple Hospital Changed the Neighborhood and Not Necessarily for the Better

Nicetown-Tioga: Temple Hospital Changed the Neighborhood and Not Necessarily for the Better

Turning the corner onto the 3500 block of North Carlisle Street, which runs directly behind the new Temple University Medical School building, one is met with noisy, powerful gusts of wind. “It’s a wind tunnel effect,” said Paul Washington of 3504 N. Carlisle St. This is one of the many effects that the building, completed […]

 By Ben T. Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown: Community Center Creating Future Heroes

Nicetown: Community Center Creating Future Heroes

It’s three o’clock on a Thursday afternoon, and the front door buzzer at the HERO Community Center is ringing off the hook. Celia Floyd, the assistant director of the center’s after-school program, is posted at the front desk letting in groups of neighborhood children, most of whom walked straight from school. The children greet Floyd […]

 By Ayisha Arshad

Nicetown: Development Aims to Bring Businesses and Community Together

Nicetown: Development Aims to Bring Businesses and Community Together

Sitting on a patch of neatly trimmed grass on Germantown Avenue is a green sign carved with golden letters, which reads “Nicetown: Putting the nice back in ‘The Town.’” Though the motto doesn’t boast much creativity, it holds a lot of meaning, particularly for the people living there. “We have a lot of dreams and […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: With Failing Schools, Kids Find Help

Nicetown-Tioga: With Failing Schools, Kids Find Help

In the concrete jungle of North Philadelphia, amid the broken sidewalks, fading stop signs and aging brownstones, stands a refreshingly out-of-place building. Its small garden peels back from the sidewalks of the quiet block. The refurbished warehouse and former conveyor belt storage unit no longer looks like the industrial building it once was. Instead, the […]

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: Despite Less Money, More Cops and Less Gun Violence

Nicetown-Tioga: Despite Less Money, More Cops and Less Gun Violence

Like every agency within city government, the Philadelphia Police Department has taken some cuts in its budget. But 39th Police District Capt. Stephen Glenn wouldn’t know anything about that. “We’re not doing any worse off,” Glenn said. “With budget restrictions I don’t know if the police department is hiring at the same level now. But […]

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: Don’t Own a Car? It’s SEPTA for You

Nicetown-Tioga: Don’t Own a Car? It’s SEPTA for You

Not many in Nicetown or Tioga can say their neighborhood doesn’t have multiple options when it comes to public transportation from SEPTA. All Regional Rail lines, except the R4, crisscross the neighborhood like a deformed tic-tac-toe board. Buses constantly crawl across various streets in the neighborhood. SEPTA’s CCT Connect for disabled riders is also in […]

 By Andrew Holland, Grace Reed and Brittney Barrett

Nicetown: Coming Together By Getting Away by Bus

Nicetown: Coming Together By Getting Away by Bus

If there’s one thing that can bring a community closer, it’s a trip out of town together. At least that’s what Kamika Foster, 26, of Commission Street in Nicetown believes. For eight years now, members of the Nicetown community have organized a yearly ski trip to an assortment of destinations like the Poconos, Massachusetts and […]

 By Andrew Holland

Nicetown: Trying to Make the Schools Work

Nicetown: Trying to Make the Schools Work

It’s 11:45 a.m. on a Friday in the Nicetown area of Philadelphia. Children and teenagers litter Germantown Avenue on an unusually cool April afternoon as they window shop and gather with friends on street corners. On the surface, the sight seems like a pleasant one.  One of youthful enthusiasm and innocence in an area riddled […]

 By Laura Yacoe, Lauren Pappas and Brian Myszkowski

Nicetown-Tioga: Turning a New Page

Nicetown-Tioga: Turning a New Page

The bookstores of the Tioga and Nicetown community are much more than stacks of literature and textbooks. They serve as a forum for the community and an educational outlet for the people of the neighborhood. When customers walk up to the poster-clad staircase of Black and Nobel Bookstore, the employees and owner Hakim Hopkins immediately welcome them with smiles and hearty handshakes. It seems as if Hopkins knows just about every customer on a personal basis.

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