North Philadelphia

 By Peter Morris

Kensington: For Better or For Worse?

Kensington: For Better or For Worse?

Starting on May 1, the northern Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington will begin its first ever restaurant week. An event usually reserved for  more affluent neighborhoods,  such an event being held in Kensington and its surrounding neighborhoods must mean that this section of north Philadelphia is experiencing a period of revival and renewal. Since 2007, nine new […]

 By Brittany Diggs, Jessica Ann Geoghan and Andrew Forgotch

Logan: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Logan: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Jason West decided to beautify his grandmother’s three-story row home by planting flowers and encompassing them with a rustic garden fence. He thought his kind act would rid his block of blight. Instead, it incited anger and disdain within the 20-year resident of the 5100 block of North Broad Street. “We had brand new gates, […]

 By Jessica Ann Geoghan, Brittany Diggs and Andrew Forgotch,

Olney: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Olney: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Every neighborhood has children and children need places to play. Not every section of the city is lucky enough to have trees and open spaces like Olney. Fisher Park, which is located at 600 W. Spencer Ave., is a beautiful, wooded area that is at the disposal of residents for recreation. “It is essential for […]

 By Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Deep in the heart of Hunting Park is new hope. Reporters Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek give you an inside look at Nueva Esperanza and the Open Borders Project. Follow the links below to learn more. Nueva Esperanza: A Tie That Binds a Community Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

 By Jenna Brizek

Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

Nueva Esperanza isn’t the only organization in Hunting Park that offers services to the Latino community. Proyecto Sin Fronteras operates out of two, humble row homes on the 3500 block of North Sixth Street. The center runs many different types of programs, such as English classes, computer technology courses and an after-school youth program.  Select […]

 By Cassandra Kramer

Nueva Esperanza: A Tie that Binds the Community

Nueva Esperanza: A Tie that Binds the Community

“Nueva Esperanza,” directly translated, means “New Hope” in Spanish. For 20 years, Nueva Esperanza has been giving hope to the Hunting Park community in North Philadelphia. Founded in 1987, The Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia started this empowerment center, wanting to address serious issues, such as poverty and crime, within the Latino community.   As the […]

 By Vince Paravecchia and Christie Alderfer

Ludlow: Studying the Bible Makes a Difference

Ludlow: Studying the Bible Makes a Difference

They come to learn, to play and to pray. For the past 15 years, children and young adults from the Ludlow community and the surrounding area have gathered each and every Tuesday night at the Sixth Street Mennonite Church for a Bible study taught by volunteers and church leaders. While the reasons for attending vary […]

 By Ibtisam Abdul-Barr and Shannon McDonald

Brewerytown: The Neighborhood of Beer

Brewerytown: The Neighborhood of Beer

Richard Wagner looked nothing like what we expected. When he arrived 40 minutes late at the designated meeting spot, pulling his large white van up behind our compact car, our suspicions of the day’s events grew. The morning began with dark skies and heavy rain, which put a damper on our moods and the video […]

 By Megan Lennon, Jesse Smith and Torin Sweeny

Philadelphia Tries New Approach for Housing

Philadelphia Tries New Approach for Housing

Four years ago, Evelyn Martinez, a resident of Philadelphia public housing, was raising three children in the dangerous, drug-infested community around 16th Street and Erie Avenue . The house was in poor condition and space was so limited that Martinez was forced to park on the sidewalk. Now, when returning to her new home, Martinez […]

 By Myles Aion

Pathways to Success in Fairhill

Pathways to Success in Fairhill

Tucked away on Fourth Street under a green awning, students line up to go to school. Faculty and security staff walk the line inspecting students. Each one must be wearing black socks, black shoes and a black belt holding in his or her green polo shirt with Fairhill Community High School etched across the breast. […]