North Philadelphia

 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, […]

 By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: The View from the Street

Strawberry Mansion: The View from the Street

Derrick Ford is the self-proclaimed “mayor” of North Philadelphia and he is known as “Rick” in Strawberry Mansion. Not only does he work for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, a funding source for substance abuse treatment, but he is also a licensed therapist and a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department’s “Heads Up” program, where he speaks out on the danger and reality of drugs.

 By Jerry Brennan

Hunting Park: A Night on the Police Beat

Hunting Park: A Night on the Police Beat

In Hunting Park, a neighborhood known for drugs, police officers Matt Dydak and John Teetz claim the majority of the people involved in these criminal activities actually come from outside of the neighborhood. “It’s a shame for the people that live here. A lot of the people that come down here are drug addicts from […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Olney: A Look at the 35th Police District

Olney: A Look at the 35th Police District

Philadelphia’s 35th Police District is as busy as a police district can get. Covering from Cheltenham Avenue to Wingohocking Street and from Wister Street to Roosevelt Boulevard, it entails the areas of East Oak Lane, parts of West Oak Lane, Logan, Olney and the tip of Feltonville. With these different neighborhoods come a variety of crime […]

 By Justin Finneran and Wendy Borst

Logan: Loved for Nine Years Strong

Logan: Loved for Nine Years Strong

Nine years ago, Michael Hayward knew that the neighborhood around his home at 12th and Wingohocking streets was facing tough times.  The “sinking homes” disaster had caused many responsible homeowners to move out of the area, and the strength of the existing Logan community organization had diminished considerably. So Hayward and a neighbor–Sonya Bryant–decided that […]

 By Justin Finneran and Wendy Borst

Olney/Logan: Young Offenders Get a Second Chance

Olney/Logan: Young Offenders Get a Second Chance

Inside the courtroom at the 35th Police District, Officer Barbara Blackford opens the double doors and calls out to the two people waiting in the hallway. “You can come back in,” she says as she holds the door open. A teenage boy walks into the courtroom followed by his mother. They seat themselves in two […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Kensington: Keeping an Eye on the Children

Kensington: Keeping an Eye on the Children

The streets of Kensington can be unsafe and uncertain. Police sirens often blare as they race down Kensington Avenue. Drug deals occur on many corners, and worst of all, children are often left unattended on the streets, leaving them in danger. But after the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Kensington, parents are taking a […]

 By Aaron Gottlieb

Hunting Park: Teaming Up to Stop Crime

Hunting Park: Teaming Up to Stop Crime

Greg Bucceroni sat down in his office chair and insisted he describe where his life’s path has led him. In the 1970s, Bucceroni was a juvenile delinquent in the Brooklyn and Manhattan. “I was very violent as a kid, and some of the people I associated with were the real life gangsters from the movie ‘GoodFellas,’” […]

 By Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: Preserving a Legend

Strawberry Mansion: Preserving a Legend

Jazz legend John Coltrane lived in Philadelphia from 1952 to 1958.  His Strawberry Mansion home still stands on 1511 N. 33rd St. with a historical plaque in front.  It was named a historical building in 1999 by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The commission’s office in City Hall still holds many old photographs and legal documents […]