North Central

 By Rachel Halkias

North Central: Local Museum Prepares for Doll Show

North Central: Local Museum Prepares for Doll Show

From antique collectibles to celebrity look-alikes, the specimens on display at the Philadelphia Doll Museum encompass hundreds of years of history in the span of space of one row home in North Philadelphia. In one nook, dolls with tall, cone-shaped bodies stand regally, adorned with beads and colorful cloth. These dolls, circa 1960 according to […]

 By Milan Vracarich Jr.

North Central: A Community Witnesses Change

North Central: A Community Witnesses Change

The droning sounds of generators, backhoes, hammers and dropped lumber fill a section of North Central Philadelphia. From Broad Street west to 20th Street, and from Oxford Street northward up to Susquehanna Avenue this section of the North Central neighborhood is changing rapidly. In just a 12-block sample of this large area in North Central, […]

 By Naima Abdi

North Central: The Wagner Institute Sets a Standard for Environmental Sustainability

North Central: The Wagner Institute Sets a Standard for Environmental Sustainability

Major institutions, local businesses and households across Philadelphia are doing it— saving energy, renewing resources and going green. Just this February the city of Philadelphia joined with Recycle Bank and launched a recycling rewards program for residents, set to go citywide by the end of July. Soon in 2012, the city will offer a $4,000 […]

 By Michelle Provencher and Milan Vracarich Jr.

North Central: Renaissance of One Block Thanks to Project HOME

North Central: Renaissance of One Block Thanks to Project HOME

A stroll along the 1900 block of North 23rd Street reveals a scene not unlike the many other blocks in North Central Philadelphia. The row home facades are kept tidy, cars are parked along either side of the one-way road, it’s a Wednesday and recycling bins are scattered along the sidewalk. What sets this block […]

 By Naima Abdi and Tiffany Yoon

North Central: Cop Cruiser Injures Pedestrian; Underlines an Ongoing Problem

North Central: Cop Cruiser Injures Pedestrian; Underlines an Ongoing Problem

An ongoing police investigation concerning a recent accident has forced residents from the 1800 block of Willington Street to confront the larger issues surrounding a frequent neighborhood nuisance.“I saw the patrol car coming through the neighborhood at a high rate of speed—without concern and they just shot across the street and hit this pedestrian,” said […]

 By Michelle Provencher and Milan Vracarich Jr.

North Central Philly: Tree House Books Helps Youth, Captures ‘Voice of Philadelphia’

North Central Philly: Tree House Books Helps Youth, Captures ‘Voice of Philadelphia’

“We knew not to go to Eighth Street because of the shootings. We knew not to go to 12th Street because of the drug war.” This was how Sharif Street, lawyer and son of former Philadelphia Mayor John Street, described his childhood to the children of Tree House Books. The children are from the same […]

 By Tiffany Yoon and Naima Abdi

North Central: Daily Soup Kitchen Serves Philadelphians With Care

North Central: Daily Soup Kitchen Serves Philadelphians With Care

The Church of the Advocate, located on the corner of 18th and Diamond streets, is a fundamental organization in the North Philadelphia community, because of its rich history and its consistent contributions to the people in the neighborhood.  The Advocate was built towards the end of the 19th century, and it continues to be praised […]

 By Jeff Craven

North Central: A School Tries to Make a Difference

North Central: A School Tries to Make a Difference

Linn Vaughters is in the last place she thought she’d be when she started her career: North Philadelphia. As a private school teacher, she held a negative view toward Philadelphia’s school systems that stemmed from her parents, both teachers in the School District of Philadelphia for decades.  So when a friend she ran into by […]

 By Leeann Hamilton and Jeff Craven

North Central: A Center for AIDs/HIV Patients

North Central: A Center for AIDs/HIV Patients

The Calcutta House is a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services for people living with AIDS in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area. More than 20,000 Philadelphians are living with HIV/AIDS. At any given time, one third of all Americans living with HIV/AIDS are either homeless, or in danger of losing their housing. In a city where homelessness is an unremitting problem, and at its highest rate in the past ten years, housing for those that are infected with the disease is a sure fire way to prevent the spread of AIDS.

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