Strawberry Mansion

 By Thomas Dougherty and Caitlin Burns

Strawberry Mansion: Vernon House of the Rising Sun

Strawberry Mansion: Vernon House of the Rising Sun

What is a building other than just bricks and mortar placed upon a foundation and arranged in a specific design? Making a community is much more of a nebulous task and the specifics of how each community is formed varies from city to city, state to state and country to country. The residents at Vernon […]

 By Thomas Dougherty and Caitlin Burns

Strawberry Mansion: The Bus at the Hut

Strawberry Mansion: The Bus at the Hut

In times of economic troubles, it seems counter intuitive to start a business, but that is exactly what Kenneth and Dee Foreman did. “Times are hard and we need extra money to help supplement our income,” explains Dee. Business is at the top of Dee’s mind these days both in practical terms and theoretical. “I […]

 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

[vimeo 18395299] 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 […]

 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

[vimeo 18392181] 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 […]

 By Chris Banks and Phil Coles

Strawberry Mansion: A Glimpse of 27th and Arizona

Strawberry Mansion: A Glimpse of 27th and Arizona

[vimeo 18391454] 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 […]

 By Evan Macy

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

[vimeo 18642380] 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,” […]

 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 […]