Northwest Philadelphia

 By Chris Zakorchemny and Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: Share A Blessing Ministry

Ridge Avenue: Share A Blessing Ministry

It was 11:30 a.m. and people were waiting to to go inside Miller Memorial Baptist Church on North 22nd Street off Ridge Avenue. This isn’t uncommon for  a Thursday afternoon because this is when the church hosts the Share A Blessing Ministry. Created 14 years ago by Deaconess Sarah Lynch, the ministry serves lunch to […]

 by Sande Friedman and Sydni Grant

Germantown: Lengthy Construction Angers Locals

Germantown: Lengthy Construction Angers Locals

The detours on Germantown Avenue are unavoidable. All main street corners are decorated with stacked signs warning about construction, cars are forced off of the main road, and sidewalks lined with barriers. “My father walks with a cane and I have a 4-month-old baby,” lamented Lashonda Copeland as she maneuvered a stroller around Germantown Avenue. […]

 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

It’s a warm sunny day at Vernon Park in Germantown. Moms bring babies out in strollers to get some fresh air. But it doesn’t take long for wrappers and bottles to get caught in those stroller wheels. It’s obvious Vernon Park, like many other areas in Germantown, has a litter problem. The residents whose everyday […]

 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: After-School Impact at Happy Hollow

Germantown: After-School Impact at Happy Hollow

It’s just an unassuming building on a typical Germantown street, but the Happy Hollow Recreation Center is put to good use on many fronts, lending space to a wide range of organizations, including Narcotics Anonymous, boxing training and a soup kitchen.  Every weekday afternoon, however, the center becomes a safe-haven-hang-out slash homework-help-line for any neighborhood […]

 By Erika Ransom

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Layoffs, budget cuts, home foreclosure, bankruptcies, bailouts—adults from every corner of the country are feeling the sting of the current economic turmoil. And now the country’s economic woes present a new problem. Law enforcement officials nationwide are concerned that the economic recession may lead to increased incidents of child abuse, according to a recent survey […]

 By Holly Otterbein

Learning from the Dead: Laurel Hill Cemetery

Learning from the Dead: Laurel Hill Cemetery

On Ridge Avenue—right before Strawberry Mansion hastily transforms into East Falls—on 78 acres of lush, tree-filled and flower-spotted land, sits the home of many important men and women. Their names aren’t always easily recognizable, but what they’ve done is. The founder of Breyers Ice Cream, the first American ballerina, the man who invented denim, the creator […]

 By Jeff Appelblatt, Sammy Davis and Rebecca Rotkowski

Germantown and its Cobblestones

Germantown and its Cobblestones

We set out to find the untold stories of Germantown, a thriving neighborhood of culture and history in Northwest Philadelphia. The cobblestones of Germantown Avenue distinguish the busy street from the rest of the neighborhood. We learned about the history of these jagged rocks, how their current construction is affecting area businesses and the streetscape, […]

 By Sammy Davis

Germantown: Breaking Down Businesses

Germantown: Breaking Down Businesses

Bumpy, dangerous to drive on and just a pain in the neck—this is how Germantown residents describe the more than 100-year-old cobblestones that line historic Germantown Avenue in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. The jagged cobblestones of Germantown Avenue have been a unique cultural quality of the area since they replaced dirt roads of the Quaker-founded […]

 By Jeff Appelblatt

The Risks of Riding on Rock

The Risks of Riding on Rock

Every driver in the Germantown is faced with a seemingly life-or-death question each time he or she is driving in the area. Should you drive on Germantown Avenue, risking your tires on the lethal brick that sits instilled in the street, or should you find another way to go? While many people worry about accidents […]

 By Jeff Appelblatt

What are Cobblestones?

What are Cobblestones?

If you’ve ever wondered why your car trembled like it was scared while driving down Germantown Avenue, there’s one answer: The combination of the trolley track and cobblestones. So you know what a trolley track is, but what are cobblestones? Cobblestones are river rocks that were commonly used to pave streets in more ancient times. […]

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