North Philadelphia

 By Keith Bellomo, Matt La Padula and Nicole Kelly

Olney: Little Portugal

Olney: Little Portugal

Some residents call the Olney section of Philadelphia “one big melting pot.” The Portuguese may make up a smaller part of the culture in Olney—only 2 percent of the European population in Philadelphia—but this little population left a huge impact. Center City Philadelphia isn’t the only place you can look to find a nice, cultured […]

 By Casey Snyder, Julio Nunez and Mari Saito

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

It’s cleaning day in the Wilson-Heard home on Wagner Avenue. The father is using the vacuum upstairs, as 7-year-old Bryant runs down the stairs of the well-kept row home. “Mommy, can I pour my own cereal for breakfast?” They are the sounds that can be heard within any typical home on a Sunday morning, but […]

 By Kylee Messner

Kensington: Real Estate in a Tough Economy

Kensington: Real Estate in a Tough Economy

Mendez Homes and Investments has been renting and selling affordable homes to Philadelphia residents for the past four years—and doesn’t see things stopping anytime soon. “We’re affected by the economy, but it’s still a great place to live,” says Maria Mendez of Kensington.  Mendez has been operating as a broker for Mendez Homes and Investments […]

 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 […]