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 By Marcos Rios, Maureen Coulter and Mereb M Gebremariam

Hunting Park: Police and the Community

Hunting Park: Police and the Community

The The Philadelphia municipal budget for this fiscal year listed public safety as its top  priority. In his  budget address, Mayor Michael Nutter announced he does not plan to lay off a single police officer or firefighter. “We will not turn away from the gains we’ve made in public safety,” he said in the address. […]

 By Mari Saito, Casey Snyder and Julio Nunez

Olney: Progress Could Be Short-Lived

Olney: Progress Could Be Short-Lived

The neighborhood is bustling along the Fifth Street business corridor in Olney. Newly swept sidewalks guide you through the area, as your nose is taken on an aromatic journey through the Caribbean by way of Italy. Bright hues of fresh produce lining the sidewalks outside of the markets and overhead business signs reflecting heritages from […]

 By Samantha Story, Leah Guerrier and Takako Sato

Kensington: Greensgrow Farms’ Abundant Plant Life

Kensington: Greensgrow Farms’ Abundant Plant Life

There is no lack of variety of plants available at the nursery at Greensgrow Farms. The bright greens, yellows, oranges and blues can quickly catch the gaze of any passerby of this wonderfully vibrant farm. One highlight of the nursery is all of the new products available for sale. Since it reopened to the public […]

 By Victoria Rubadiri

North Philadelphia: Fashion on a Mission

North Philadelphia: Fashion on a Mission

At first glance, Villa looks like just another urban retail store on the block. However, three simple words differentiate this hip hop apparel store from its counterparts.  “Join the Movement” is the slogan that can be seen at every Villa store location. The phrase is intended to stir up some curiosity for customers to take […]

 By Laura Yacoe, Lauren Pappas and Brian Myszkowski

Nicetown-Tioga: Turning a New Page

Nicetown-Tioga: Turning a New Page

The bookstores of the Tioga and Nicetown community are much more than stacks of literature and textbooks. They serve as a forum for the community and an educational outlet for the people of the neighborhood. When customers walk up to the poster-clad staircase of Black and Nobel Bookstore, the employees and owner Hakim Hopkins immediately welcome them with smiles and hearty handshakes. It seems as if Hopkins knows just about every customer on a personal basis.

 By Casey Snyder, Mari Saito and Julio Nunez

Logan: Gospel Diva Willa Ward-Royster

Logan: Gospel Diva Willa Ward-Royster

From the draperies adorned atop the vaulted windows, to the candelabras along the walls, gold tones emit an enchanting ambiance within Willa Ward-Royster’s Logan home. A chandelier hung from the ceiling and crystals suspended from tall end table lamps in the living room, create whimsical touches of glamour that seem to mirror the tenant perfectly. Today, you can still see that glamour and sophistication of years past within Willa.

 By Shannon McDonald

Cops: Black and Blue

Cops: Black and Blue

Bill Thrasher is an officer in North Philadelphia’s 22nd Police District. His blonde hair is youthful, unaltered by sun or life. His eyes are identical to the sky blue of the uniform shirt he wears beneath his jacket and bulletproof vest. The faint traces of acne on his jaw reveal his age before he offers […]

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