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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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.