North Philadelphia

 By Danielle Harvey

Fairhill: Breaking Down Language Barriers

Fairhill: Breaking Down Language Barriers

On a cold and overcast Thursday morning, a group of dedicated students file into a drafty gymnasium on the fourth floor of The Lighthouse, a community organization on Lehigh Avenue. On one side of the gym, basketballs lie scattered across the floor, and a few of the students pick them up and haphazardly toss them into […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: With Failing Schools, Kids Find Help

Nicetown-Tioga: With Failing Schools, Kids Find Help

In the concrete jungle of North Philadelphia, amid the broken sidewalks, fading stop signs and aging brownstones, stands a refreshingly out-of-place building. Its small garden peels back from the sidewalks of the quiet block. The refurbished warehouse and former conveyor belt storage unit no longer looks like the industrial building it once was. Instead, the […]

 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

Olney: Stooge Larry Fine Inducted into Central High Hall of Fame

Olney: Stooge Larry Fine Inducted into Central High Hall of Fame

Who says acting like a stooge won’t get you places? It sure worked for Louis Feinberg. On Oct. 15, the Associated Alumni of Central High School held its 15th annual induction ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Sheraton Society Hill. Those who attended were greeted by the sounds of string instruments and tables full […]

 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.

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: Despite Less Money, More Cops and Less Gun Violence

Nicetown-Tioga: Despite Less Money, More Cops and Less Gun Violence

Like every agency within city government, the Philadelphia Police Department has taken some cuts in its budget. But 39th Police District Capt. Stephen Glenn wouldn’t know anything about that. “We’re not doing any worse off,” Glenn said. “With budget restrictions I don’t know if the police department is hiring at the same level now. But […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Needle Exchange Program Helps Addicts

Fairhill: Needle Exchange Program Helps Addicts

It’s a Wednesday and cold, too cold for October. The weather is gray. It matches the cement stairs on the corner of Third street and Lehigh Avenue. People line the stairwell leading to a sturdy door in the basement of an old warehouse. The door is marked with a small blue sign that reads, “Prevention Point […]

 By Evan Casey and Jessica Fowler

Ludlow’s Identity Crisis

Ludlow’s Identity Crisis

“It looks nice, but they’re still shooting like it’s Iraq out here,” said Shawn Govan when asked about all the new and rehabbed housing being built in the Ludlow neighborhood. This statement was promptly shot full of holes itself by several other residents of the area. Still, there is a kernel of truth in Shawn’s […]

 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

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 the resources […]