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 By Kathryn S. Schwartz

North Central: One Block, Two School Closures

North Central: One Block, Two School Closures

[vimeo 65598762] North Central Philadelphia is being hit particularly hard by the School Reform Commission’s decision to close 23 schools, with five schools ordered to shut their doors at the end of the academic year. General John F. Reynolds Elementary School and Roberts Vaux High School  — located just one block apart — are among those […]

 By Diana Reynolds

North Central: Residents Fear Purge by Private Developers

North Central: Residents Fear Purge by Private Developers

  After the controversy sparking proposal for a North Central Neighborhood Improvement District came to a halt last summer, issues surrounding property continue to brew tensions in North Central Philadelphia among longtime residents, private developers and Philadelphia’s City Council in North Central Philadelphia. One piece of the growing problem is the amount of available land […]

 By Kathryn Schwartz

North Central: Differing Views on Willington Street Construction

North Central: Differing Views on Willington Street Construction

The construction site at the corner of Willington and Berks Streets, one of many such sites in North Central Philadelphia near Temple University, is leaving nearby residents less than pleased. William Harris, a Willington Street resident since 1994, said the lot on which the house is being built has been an issue for years. He […]

 By Diana Reynolds

North Central: Neighborhood Block Party Featured Local Music Talents

North Central: Neighborhood Block Party Featured Local Music Talents

Good happenings and hype rolled among residents and college students attending a block party on the 1900 block of N. Gratz Street, in a continuation of Temple University’s “Spring Fling” 2012 during the university’s Alumni Weekend. The first annual “QuiteHype Cookout” hosted by QuiteHype, a music and production label that began last fall, collaborated with […]

 By: Kathryn Schwartz

North Central: Hidden ‘Suburb’ on Custis Place ‘

North Central: Hidden ‘Suburb’ on Custis Place ‘

The residents of the Yorktown section of North Philadelphia consider themselves to be a very tight knit community. But the residents of Custis Place, just off the corner of 12th Street and Girard Avenue, consider themselves more than a community. They are a family. With the a majority of the block still housing either original […]

 By Diana Reynolds and Katherine Schwartz

North Central: Mothers Come Together to Combat Violence

North Central: Mothers Come Together to Combat Violence

The pain of losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare particularly when senseless violence is the culprit. Eight of the 331 murders in Philadelphia during 2012 struck children ages zero-17, with another 22 homicides ravishing the 18-24 age group according to statistics compiled by the Philadelphia Police Department. Mother’s In Charge, a grassroots organization […]

 By Diana Reynolds and Kathryn Schwartz

North Central: Cecil B. Moore’s One-Man Car Wash

North Central: Cecil B. Moore’s One-Man Car Wash

On a brisk Sunday evening, an advertisement reading: “Hand Car Wash $5.00,” stood at the intersection of 19th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Gregory Smalley, the service’s founder and only employee, decided to take advantage of the uncommonly warm February weather to open up his outdoor business for the afternoon. “When the weather is […]

 By Diana C. Reynolds and Kathryn S. Schwartz

North Central: Building Community Hope Through Epiphany Fellowship

North Central: Building Community Hope Through Epiphany Fellowship

At the corner of 16th and Diamond streets, pedestrians overhear voices of praise lifting through the crisp February air as they walked by the Epiphany Fellowship building. Every Sunday, the Epiphany Fellowship, a local church community, has its weekly church services. However, these services extend long after the weekend is over. Gregory George, a 26-year-old […]

 By Liza George

North Central: Neighborhood Recalls a Lost Son

North Central: Neighborhood Recalls a Lost Son

Josias Sterling had a big smile, a big heart and he loved to eat apple pie. Not just a slice but the whole pie. “He use to come to my house and ask for some apple pie every time he visited,” Angela Gregory said about the star Temple University rugby player. “And he meant the […]

 By Liza George

North Central: Increased Voter Turnout

North Central: Increased Voter Turnout

The presidential election witnessed an increase in voter participation in some sections of Philadelphia, veteran observers said. At the Norman Blumberg Apartments Community Center, Irene McDonald made sure that everyone who is registered to vote was voting. “I have been a committee worker for over ten years,” McDonald said. “So I know most of the […]