North Central

 By Liza George, Ryan Shellenberger and Autumn Kelly

North Central: Officer Tries to Clean Up the Neighborhood

North Central:  Officer Tries to Clean Up the Neighborhood

Officer Anthony Sims has a mission to try to keep streets in North Philadelphia clean and safe. Sims works for the Sanitation Department. Every week he hands out tickets to landlords who are putting their trash out too early or not cleaning in front of their property. “The landlords take these old houses, break them […]

 By Ryan A. Shellenberger, Autumn N. Kelly and Liza M. George

North Central: Temple Students Gardening for Change

North Central: Temple Students Gardening for Change

A group of friends at Temple University with a shared passion for gardening and helping improve the surrounding community planted an idea in 2009 that grew into the Temple Community Garden. These students, putting their green thumbs to work, started out with a small patch of ground at 11th and Berks Streets for their planting. […]

 By Liza George

North Central: From Troubled Teen to Farmer

North Central: From Troubled Teen to Farmer

At 17, Nelson Jones started to see his father in him and didn’t like what he saw. Nelson grew up in a family with13 siblings and an alcoholic father who use to beat his mother. Nelson was deemed a juvenile delinquent because he had been in jail twice and because he beat his own girlfriend […]

 By Liza George, Ryan Shellenberger and Autumn Kelly

North Central Philadelphia: Community Roots Grow Business

North Central Philadelphia: Community Roots Grow Business

Sheila Johnson left her corporate banking job in Center City and returned to her community to help run the University Thriftshop at 1723 Cecil B. Moore Ave. This business is about recycling items that people have discarded. Johnson owns the thrift jointly with a friend who owns a moving and storage company. Johnson’s son Stephen […]

 By Ryan A. Shellenberger and Liza M. George

North Central: Historic Church Continues Community Aid

Given its massive size it’s hard to miss this church complex with its gorgeous stained glass windows and Gothic Revival-style architecture when traveling along Diamond Street in North Philadelphia a few blocks west of Broad Street. The historic Church of the Advocate at 1801 W. Diamond St. has been a powerful institution in the community […]

 By Jessie Fox

North Central: A Day of Coexisting at Penrose Park

North Central: A Day of Coexisting at Penrose Park

Penrose Park, located at 1101 W. Susquehanna Ave., has played a huge role as the corner spot in its local community. It is a place, especially with the newly embraced long summer hours, where residents come together to connect and keep active. Last weekend, Penrose Park was busy in all four corners. There was a moon […]

 By Jessica Lista and Talia Leggieri

North Central: Giving the Homeless a Second Chance at Life

North Central: Giving the Homeless a Second Chance at Life

Standing at the corner of Broad and West Jefferson streets sits a massive brick building with rows of scalloped, white-trimmed windows and two fluted pillars that adorn the sides of a set of rusted red double doors. Little do people know that this building is not only historic but has been used in a variety […]

 By Derek Dennis and Andrew Lecointe

North Central Philadelphia: Farmers Markets Bring Food and Business

North Central Philadelphia: Farmers Markets Bring Food and Business

When seeing pitched tents and tables covered in fresh fruits and vegetables while strolling through a community chances are that scene is a farmers market — a one stop shop where people can go to get fresh produce usually straight from the farm at some of the lowest prices available. Philadelphia is known for its […]

 By Derek Dennis and Andrew Lecointe

North Central Philadelphia: Fresh Fruits for the Spirit

North Central Philadelphia: Fresh Fruits for the Spirit

This new Temple University program in North Philadelphia literally provides a fresh twist to Temple’s mission of ‘giving back’ to the surrounding community. Launched by Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) this program provides a gut-level service to many located several blocks west of Temple’s main campus. The Fruits for the Spirits farmers […]

 By Jessica Lista and Talia Leggieri

North Central: A Hardware Store Puts the Customers First

North Central: A Hardware Store Puts the Customers First

When Jim Kim decided to open a business, he thought going into the restaurant industry was the perfect fit. After managing a restaurant in West Philadelphia for a few years with a few friends, the business went south and they had no choice but to close. Soon after, Kim began to help out at a […]