Neighborhoods

 By Rebecca Hale and Patrick McCloskey

Feltonville: Block Boasts Diversity

Feltonville: Block Boasts Diversity

Bob Krawtchuk looks out at his block after checking on the grapevines in his backyard. He points to the various houses stating which ones used to be owned by Polish, Jewish or German owners.   He has lived on the 100 block of East Loudon Street for 25 years and has seen the changes in the […]

 By Steve Ciccarelli and Ariela Rose

Fairhill: Spells Writing Center Aims To Spark Creativity

Fairhill: Spells Writing Center Aims To Spark Creativity

The activity on Germantown Avenue in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia never rests. It pulses to the vibrating beats that resonate from the record stores selling the latest Jay-Z album and the carefully stocked clothing stores overflowing with denim. However, you will find yourself engulfed in a serene calm if you take a sharp […]

 By Ben Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: Temple Hospital Changed the Neighborhood and Not Necessarily for the Better

Nicetown-Tioga: Temple Hospital Changed the Neighborhood and Not Necessarily for the Better

Turning the corner onto the 3500 block of North Carlisle Street, which runs directly behind the new Temple University Medical School building, one is met with noisy, powerful gusts of wind. “It’s a wind tunnel effect,” said Paul Washington of 3504 N. Carlisle St. This is one of the many effects that the building, completed […]

 By Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and Danielle Mauro

Port Richmond: United by Tragedy

Port Richmond: United by Tragedy

On the 3000 block of Cedar Street in Port Richmond, most of the houses are adorned with orange bows displayed in memory of William “Billy” Panas Jr. Panas was shot and killed by former police officer Frank Tepper on Nov. 21, 2009. According to the testimony of Anthony Picklo, a friend of Billy Panas, he […]

 By Naima Abdi and Tiffany Yoon

North Central: Cop Cruiser Injures Pedestrian; Underlines an Ongoing Problem

North Central: Cop Cruiser Injures Pedestrian; Underlines an Ongoing Problem

An ongoing police investigation concerning a recent accident has forced residents from the 1800 block of Willington Street to confront the larger issues surrounding a frequent neighborhood nuisance.“I saw the patrol car coming through the neighborhood at a high rate of speed—without concern and they just shot across the street and hit this pedestrian,” said […]

 By Meg Frankowski and Josh Middleton

Mount Airy: Surviving 365 Days of Construction

Mount Airy: Surviving 365 Days of Construction

Joan Egler has always been a fan of Victorian-style architecture. This helps with the noise from the new construction renovating SEPTA’s dilapidated Allens Lane Rail Station in Philadelphia’s West Mt. Airy section. Cresheim Road resident Egler is supportive of and anxious for the Victorian renovation to be completed at this station, located at 7294 Cresheim […]

 By Morgan Zalot and Stephen Zook

Mayfair: Community Braces for Possible Program Cuts

Mayfair: Community Braces for Possible Program Cuts

For Kim Wilson and her 5-year-old daughter Marian, the STARS Program housed at the John M. Perzel Community Center in Philadelphia’s Mayfair section provides a much needed support system for facing the struggles of a disability. “When you get a diagnosis for your child, there’s a whole process you go through in coming to terms […]

 By Rachel Horning and Whitney Crawford

Hunting Park: An Incident on Eighth Street

Hunting Park: An Incident on Eighth Street

Dave Coit wears sunglasses on cloudy days. He favors his left side when he walks. And he is missing a tooth from the right side of his mouth. These are all ailments from a beating he received courtesy of a group of Philadelphia police officers in June 2006. Many of his neighbors and friends watched […]

 By Trenae McDuffie

Walnut Hill: The Barber Shop and the Community

Walnut Hill: The Barber Shop and the Community

Keeping edges sharp and cuts crisp, Universal Cutz is the popular barbershop of the neighborhood.  The shop is located on 42nd and Baltimore Avenue.  This social center builds bonds between men from diverse backgrounds. African American, Caucasian, Indian, Vietnamese and Russian men get cuts or hang out for entertaining conversation.  Most of the diverse demographics […]

 By Jimmy Viola

South Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Arts

South Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Arts

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