North Philadelphia

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Baseball has been a staple of early life for generations of American youths, but in some inner-city neighborhoods many children never get a chance to get in the game. In communities where parents sometimes struggle to keep their kids in school and off the streets, extra-curricular activities like baseball have often taken a backseat. “Baseball […]

 By Justin Finneran and Wendy Borst

Logan: Building Character at the Police Athletic League

Logan: Building Character at the Police Athletic League

The Logan Police Athletic League (PAL) Center, located at The Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1100 W. Rockland St., is one of the smallest in Philadelphia.  Yet there is a gigantic amount of hard work and volunteering that goes into giving the neighborhood kids a place off of the streets. Sharon Wells has been operating […]

 By David Nescio and Kelly McManus

Logan: Mormons Go Mainstream

Logan: Mormons Go Mainstream

You may see them walking around your neighborhood wearing sharp-looking suit jackets, spotless white shirts, with backpacks and nice slacks. You may also see them stray away from the sidewalks and up the front steps of your neighbors’ houses to spread the word. Regardless of whether or not you’re listening, know this: many others are. […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Cleaning Up Kensington

Cleaning Up Kensington

Empty 40-ounce bottles of Old English make a loud cracking sound as they roll down Kensington Avenue.  Devoured bags of Doritos and old, worn-out clothes pile up on the corners of the streets, while people stroll by ignoring the massive amounts of trash that is building up around them. Many people of Kensington have lost […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Philadelphia has long been an esteemed beer city dating back to the colonial times. Taverns and pubs were meeting places for revolutionaries. The tradition of immigrants finding community in pub life continued throughout the industrial boom – and not just in Brewerytown. In the late 1800s, there were over 100 breweries in the Kensington section […]

 By Aimee Otis

Northeast: Franklin Mills Mall Losing Sales, Stores

Northeast: Franklin Mills Mall Losing Sales, Stores

Norma Lodase has been working at the Kenneth Cole store in Franklin Mills Mall for about a year and has noticed quite a difference in the number of customers who have been coming in and out of the store. Although this mall in Philadelphia is still considered a tourist spot as one of the largest […]

 By Matt La Padula, Keith Bellomo and Nicole Kelly

Olney: Soccer and Culture at Cafe Liz

Olney: Soccer and Culture at Cafe Liz

Bellies up to the bar and cold beers in front of them, brothers Victor and Louis Martins cannot agree. Outside, Philadelphia’s first heat wave of the summer is as good a reason as any to hide out at the local watering hole, but the pair is not here to escape the sun. On the other […]

 By Keith Bellomo, Matt La Padula and Nicole Kelly

Olney: Little Portugal

Olney: Little Portugal

Some residents call the Olney section of Philadelphia “one big melting pot.” The Portuguese may make up a smaller part of the culture in Olney—only 2 percent of the European population in Philadelphia—but this little population left a huge impact. Center City Philadelphia isn’t the only place you can look to find a nice, cultured […]

 By Casey Snyder, Julio Nunez and Mari Saito

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

It’s cleaning day in the Wilson-Heard home on Wagner Avenue. The father is using the vacuum upstairs, as 7-year-old Bryant runs down the stairs of the well-kept row home. “Mommy, can I pour my own cereal for breakfast?” They are the sounds that can be heard within any typical home on a Sunday morning, but […]

 By Kylee Messner

Kensington: Real Estate in a Tough Economy

Kensington: Real Estate in a Tough Economy

Mendez Homes and Investments has been renting and selling affordable homes to Philadelphia residents for the past four years—and doesn’t see things stopping anytime soon. “We’re affected by the economy, but it’s still a great place to live,” says Maria Mendez of Kensington.  Mendez has been operating as a broker for Mendez Homes and Investments […]