Neighborhoods

 By Trenae McDuffie

Walnut Hill: Reality of Rough Times

Walnut Hill: Reality of Rough Times

Making a critical decision to get a hair cut or pay a bill leaves many under close watch of how their money is spent. Current economic conditions are getting worse. Money has become tight for many people of Walnut Hill, but others have managed to find ways to modify budgets and create other economic opportunities. […]

 By Megan Linkfield

Ludlow: Signs of Commercial Revitalization

Ludlow: Signs of Commercial Revitalization

If only Stephen Girard could see the avenue named in his honor back in the mid-1800s today, his reaction might be one of disappointment. Or at least surprise. Once considered one of the wealthiest men in Philadelphia, Girard was a successful merchant and businessman with big ambitions for the city.  After years of deterioration and […]

 By Patrick McCloskey

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

Hairstylists Tiffany Bryant, Lisa Woodley and Chanta Barrett put the finishing touches on their models’ makeup and hair behind a big curtain Saturday night right before their models took the stage. Soon thereafter, the youthful participants strutted down the aisles and onto the runway at the second annual Hair Fashion Show. The event, which was […]

 By Michael Bixler

Philadelphia Reacts to Youth Violence

Philadelphia Reacts to Youth Violence

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 By Josh Schrager

Ludlow: Muslim Students Excel; School Plans Expansion

Ludlow: Muslim Students Excel; School Plans Expansion

Located on 1501 Germantown Ave., the Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy is a Muslim-based school for kindergarteners through 12th graders. Members of the faculty, such as Principal Abdur Rahman, teach Muslim values each day. Rahman believes that many Americans stereotype Muslims as terrorists. However, he attempts to shed that stereotype. “We’re always talking about the good qualities […]

 By Anna Palij

South Philadelphia: A Magazine to Tell its Story

South Philadelphia: A Magazine to Tell its Story

In today’s times, magazines face a new landscape. With one folding, there is another starting up. But for local magazines, there are few to speak about, especially for those local to South Philadelphia. Luckily, there is one now. Philadelphia Row Home focuses on businesses and “row-home grown” celebrities in the South Philadelphia and through the […]

 By Phil Coles

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

After decades of population and job losses, developers and community leaders have hope that Brewerytown can take advantage of its proximity to Center City to become a thriving area for small business owners.  New shops have begun moving into the neighborhood and with them, come more jobs. “The more people that live in this area, […]

 By Tim Brodwater

Kensington: HIV-Positive Youth Find a Safe Haven

Kensington: HIV-Positive Youth Find a Safe Haven

Haven Youth Center in Kensington is a community youth group that supports and encourages HIV-positive youth to stay in school and be productive citizens. Haven’s mission includes providing educational, social and recreational activities to the community.  The organization acts as a “safe haven” from the stigma the youth may face within their schools, home life […]

 By Lauren Herman

Germantown: Young Swimmers Compete at the Pickett Pool

Germantown: Young Swimmers Compete at the Pickett Pool

Three groups of young people practice for future swim competitions with the support of their coaches and parents three nights a week at the Pickett Pool. The Indo-Pacific Sailfish Aquatics Club, Polar Bears Aquatics Club and Philadelphia Department of Recreation swim team are groups comprised of serious athletes ranging in age from five to 18 […]

 By Michael Bixler

Wild In The Streets: Philadelphia’s Violent Youth Problem

Wild In The Streets: Philadelphia’s Violent Youth Problem

Vincent Poppa was returning to his nursing home on an evening stroll after stepping out for a soda. While passing by Finnegan Park in Southwest Philadelphia, he was suddenly hit in the back of the head with a gun. As he lay there defenseless and unconscious he was brutally stomped over and over by four […]