Strawberry Mansion

 By Caitlin Burns

Strawberry Mansion: Orchard Educates Children on Healthy Eating

Strawberry Mansion: Orchard Educates Children on Healthy Eating

Orchards and gardens are not common sights usually seen in the city, but the Philadelphia Orchard Project is hoping to populate the area with enough to help impoverish families eat nutritiously and combat common health problems caused by poor eating habits. POP is non-profit organization started in 2007 that creates orchards in under-privileged areas of […]

 By Tom Dougherty and Caitlin Burns

Strawberry Mansion: A Diamond In the Rough

Strawberry Mansion: A Diamond In the Rough

Mixed feelings abound when talking to the residents of the 3200 block of West Diamond Street about the renovation of buildings by a private company. “This is a neighborhood in mild transition,” says Maurice Harris, a carpenter working on the site. “It’s still a place where you see drugs deals in broad daylight,” Harris says. […]

 By Caitlin Burns and Thomas Dougherty

Strawberry Mansion: Friends of Sedgley Woods Fight Pollution and Crime

Strawberry Mansion: Friends of Sedgley Woods Fight Pollution and Crime

Never before has a group been named so aptly. The Friends of Sedgley Woods are truly friends in the most sincere sense of the word. “All of us here are good friends and we come together from all walks of life. From the homeless to millionaires, we are here in Fairmount Park to play a […]

 By Kevin Brosky

Strawberry Mansion: Fletcher Street Horsemen Aim to Restore Reputation

Strawberry Mansion: Fletcher Street Horsemen Aim to Restore Reputation

Ellis Ferrell lets out a deep sigh. Ferrell is wearing a back brace these days. He’s worn down and spread too thin. Fletcher Street has become synonymous with horses. The stables there existed even before Ferrell arrived on the scene in the 1950s. The North Philadelphia locale has been the subject of documentary films, books […]

 By Kristina Leon and Chesney Davis

Allegheny/Strawberry Mansion: After a Century, Library Still Serves its Community

Allegheny/Strawberry Mansion: After a Century, Library Still Serves its Community

On Lehigh Avenue between 28th and 29th streets, countless people scurry back and forth past several row homes, a familiar sight on countless blocks all over North Philadelphia. But nestled in between houses clearly wrought with years of wear and history people also pass a massive building whose outside shows no visible signs of age. […]

 By Chris Banks and Phil Coles

Strawberry Mansion: A Glimpse of 27th and Arizona

Strawberry Mansion: A Glimpse of 27th and Arizona

The 2700 block of Arizona Street is just another block in Strawberry Mansion. No stores, no thugs, no drugs…and hardly any houses. Twenty years ago it was nothing like this. Even 10 years ago, it was nothing like this. Yes, but of course there was other drama. The connection streets of 27th and York were […]

 By Evan Macy

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

It is not unusual to revisit an old neighborhood. Sometimes a sense of nostalgia drags people back to the places where it all began, and according to Allen Meyers, who grew up in Strawberry Mansion over 40 years ago, there are two types of returning visitors. “There are some people who are afraid,” Meyers said, […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Strawberry Mansion: Battling Vacancy

Strawberry Mansion: Battling Vacancy

In Strawberry Mansion housing runs the gambit from centuries old, protected historic mansions to the vacant, burnt-out shells of abandoned residences. The neighborhood also offers a nearly three-mile stretch of scenic and leisurely driving on Kelly Drive following the Schuylkill River’s eastern bank through Fairmount Park with views of some of the oldest homes in […]

 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 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.