North Philadelphia

 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

Olney: Programs for Battling Childhood Obesity

Olney: Programs for Battling Childhood Obesity

The doors of the basement swing open revealing the church’s activities center. Motivational posters dot the walls surrounding a small basketball court. A semi-circle of metal folding chairs sits off in the far corner. On any given night the sounds of a friendly basketball game or the lively chatter of a community meeting would replace […]

 By Ryan Ruth and Marissa Murtaugh

Hunting Park: Los Brothers Is Home

Hunting Park: Los Brothers Is Home

Los Brothers Barber Shop is just like ordinary barber shops…sort of. The shop lies on the corner of Fifth and Hunting Park, rectangular in shape, like a box.  It holds seven chairs, split on two adjacent walls, a barber manning each one. Clad in blue smocks, the barbers check their work in the mirrors that […]

 By: Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Community Center Bridges the Digital Divide

Brewerytown: The Community Center Bridges the Digital Divide

[vimeo 20201706] Computer access can be taken for granted by Blackberry-wielding e-mailers, but for many people, getting to a computer is not so effortless. Libraries, community and recreation centers play a primary function, giving residents in urban neighborhoods access the Internet as well as many other services. In Brewerytown, residents have been able to utilize […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Fresh Ink

Fairhill: Fresh Ink

Valedan sits on an empty bucket once filled with Spackle.  He picks a paint-splattered fold up table from the floor and sets it to his right.  A big screen TV is hung on the wall to his left and a massage chair acts as a living room couch. He rests his razors and drawing pencil […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Underground Transportation Above Ground

Fairhill: Underground Transportation Above Ground

“Cab….cab…. cab…” Looking around, you may not see a yellow sedan or hear the familiar screech and stop and hasty honk of a commercial cab company. There may no rooftop light or fare meter, perhaps only a simple four-door unmarked sedan. But you will hear is the same word over and over. This is the […]

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: Don’t Own a Car? It’s SEPTA for You

Nicetown-Tioga: Don’t Own a Car? It’s SEPTA for You

Not many in Nicetown or Tioga can say their neighborhood doesn’t have multiple options when it comes to public transportation from SEPTA. All Regional Rail lines, except the R4, crisscross the neighborhood like a deformed tic-tac-toe board. Buses constantly crawl across various streets in the neighborhood. SEPTA’s CCT Connect for disabled riders is also in […]

 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

Olney: Roots Community Garden Pitches in at Annual Health and Safety Festival

Olney: Roots Community Garden Pitches in at Annual Health and Safety Festival

Across from Fisher Park, the sound of a bass guitar and the smell of barbecue fill the air. Attendees of the second annual Family Health and Safety Festival slowly mill back and forth through the booths set up along both sides of West Spencer Street. Some stop and chat with the volunteers sitting behind the […]

 By Wendy Borst and Justin Finneran

Olney: Mann Funeral Home Celebrates 100 Years in Business

Olney: Mann Funeral Home Celebrates 100 Years in Business

In looking back at a century of service to Philadelphians, history shows that the Mann family profession began as one small and ambitious service. Yet by staying committed to a philosophy of providing the finest level of service available, the business has grown into a proud tradition capable of performing all necessary functions for families […]

 By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: All Stars Play Ball Through It All

Strawberry Mansion: All Stars Play Ball Through It All

By 5 p.m. the sun was still scorching the kids wearing their uniforms in the playoff game between the two co-ed teams: the Little B.I.s and the Big Legends. The first pitch bounced slightly in front of the plate and glided into the catcher’s mitt. On the second pitch, Kahaliff Lisby swung and missed the […]

 By Andrea DeSabato

Feltonville: The Impact of One Night

Feltonville: The Impact of One Night

Feltonville was never a neighborhood in Philadelphia that was well known to many people outside of those who call it home until tragedy struck about two weeks ago.  Now the 4500 block of North Third Street has never received more attention. A memorial for the victims of this tragedy filled with stuffed animals, candles, cards, […]