North Philadelphia

 By Andrew Holland, Grace Reed and Brittney Barrett

Nicetown: Coming Together By Getting Away by Bus

Nicetown: Coming Together By Getting Away by Bus

If there’s one thing that can bring a community closer, it’s a trip out of town together. At least that’s what Kamika Foster, 26, of Commission Street in Nicetown believes. For eight years now, members of the Nicetown community have organized a yearly ski trip to an assortment of destinations like the Poconos, Massachusetts and […]

 By Kurtis Lee

Hunting Park: ‘Higher’ Education that Seeks Connection

Hunting Park: ‘Higher’ Education that Seeks Connection

On the second-floor of North Philadelphia’s, Deliverance Evangelistic Church, class is set to begin. The Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS), leases nine classrooms from the massive church, but typically only uses four. It’s just before 5:30, on this Thursday evening in early April, as men and women exit the floor’s lone elevator and retreat […]

 By Ibtisam Abdul-Barr

Strawberry Mansion: Digging for Solutions

Strawberry Mansion: Digging for Solutions

Every big city has its neighborhoods to avoid after the sun sets, but in Philadelphia, our problems can be seen everywhere and they cannot be avoided. The difference between a city such as Washington, D.C., and North Philadelphia is that in Washington, the slums are only seen from a distance. But in Philadelphia our badlands […]

 By Galena Mosovich

North Philadelphia: Through Their Eyes

North Philadelphia: Through Their Eyes

I provided Skyler and Christina with disposable cameras to capture images of their neighborhoods. The purpose of this activity was for them to portray the most significant aspects of their lives. Skyler Baker A self-proclaimed “bookworm,” Skyler Baker is an honor roll student at Paul Lawrence Dunbar School. He is 12 years old and a […]

 By Andrew Holland

Nicetown: Trying to Make the Schools Work

Nicetown: Trying to Make the Schools Work

It’s 11:45 a.m. on a Friday in the Nicetown area of Philadelphia. Children and teenagers litter Germantown Avenue on an unusually cool April afternoon as they window shop and gather with friends on street corners. On the surface, the sight seems like a pleasant one.  One of youthful enthusiasm and innocence in an area riddled […]

 By Lisa Hann

Is Philadelphia Safer After Increased Police Presence?

Is Philadelphia Safer After Increased Police Presence?

One year after Mayor Nutter and Commissioner Ramsey targeted nine high-crime police districts, is the city safer? Three new districts have been added to the targeted list. Can one, Police District 23rd, improve? Mayor Nutter’s five-year plan in Philadelphia contains the goal of reducing homicides citywide by 50 percent in five years. Is this achievable? […]

 By Casey Snyder

Olney: Back To School

Olney: Back To School

Just above the book-lined shelves within the Free Library’s  Greater Olney branch, there is a classroom. Pictures dusted in glitter line the room, as chalk remnants–almost certainly from a previous day’s lesson– show on the worn chalkboard of the classroom. Melissa Rice stands before her students as she is set to go over a sentence […]

 By Casey Snyder, Mari Saito and Julio Nunez

Alternative Transportation in Logan: A Walk with Anne Nielson

Alternative Transportation in Logan: A Walk with Anne Nielson

Whether it has been a late train or a less than pleasant smelling subway platform, we have all had our own issues with the city’s public transportation system. It is the easiest way to get where you need to go, but with so much cause for complaint, most people probably wish they could find alternative […]

 By Lisa Hann

Shopping: Discount With Culture

Shopping: Discount With Culture

“Assalamu alaikum,” Jahed Chowdheury welcomes a pair of women who enter his shop with the traditional Muslim greeting meaning, “Peace be with you.” The two women are Muslim, like Chowdheury. They are black and dressed traditionally for Muslim women, in hijab. They have headscarves covering their heads, faces exposed, and they are wearing modest, loose-fitting […]

 By Marcos Rios, Maureen Coulter and Mereb M Gebremariam

Hunting Park: Police and the Community

Hunting Park: Police and the Community

[vimeo 18642620] 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 […]