Neighborhoods

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Northwest Philly Residents Learn and Share at the Community Café

Residents of the neighborhoods in the Northwest section of Philadelphia came together to discuss important issues at the Community Café. About 100 people gathered at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church to enjoy coffee and food while talking about the topics that matter most to them in five different focus groups. The free event, sponsored by […]

 By Jared Pass

Technically Philly: Cybercrime Going Unnoticed and Underreported

Technically Philly: Cybercrime Going Unnoticed and Underreported

Kenneth Swope, 50, is a hard-working tile setter and family man, and like so many others, he was taken advantage of when his identity was stolen. He didn’t find out that his identity had been compromised until he applied for a home equity loan to pay for his daughter’s college tuition. When he applied for […]

 By Rachel Hooper

Germantown: EducationWorks Students Take High Steps

Germantown: EducationWorks Students Take High Steps

Sure, the phrase “community service” doesn’t sound like fun for most teens. However, at Germantown High School, about 65 high school students choose to stay after school to work together in groups on creative projects. These service-learning projects are hands-on experiences where students learn and solve problems reflected in everyday life. This year, at the […]

 By Maureen Costello

Mantua: A Puppet Theater Raises Big Issues in Bigger Ways

Mantua: A Puppet Theater Raises Big Issues in Bigger Ways

“The office is a mess,” Alice Manos says with a laugh. “It doesn’t usually look like this.”  She stands off to the corner of the Spiral Q Theater office and pulls wires across the open room. Alice has been working as a communications and development assistant for Spiral Q, a community-based puppet theater since August […]

 By Noelle Kearns

Door to Door: How Southwest is Attacking its Housing Crisis

Door to Door: How Southwest is Attacking its Housing Crisis

Every Thursday there is a reconciliation hearing at City Hall for people who are in danger of losing their homes due to foreclosure. At these reconciliation hearings, a housing counselor is available. This is the place where homeowners and lenders negotiate a financial plan that can save a family from losing its home. Al Stewart […]

 By Leah Mafrica

Fairhill: Students Still Learning After School

Fairhill: Students Still Learning After School

Laurisa Adorno-Camacho-Rivera, a self-proclaimed “motor mouth,” credits her father for getting her involved in the Congreso de Latinos Unidos after-school program, North Star, at Fairhill School. “He likes it a lot,” Adorno-Camacho-Rivera said with a grin. “Because I’m a pain in the butt when I’m at home with him.” She started attending North Star in […]

 By Mary Coyle

Mantua/Parkside: Bridges Remain Neglected and in Disrepair

Mantua/Parkside: Bridges Remain Neglected and in Disrepair

Brad Johns waits for the bus at the corner of 41st Street and Westminster Avenue, resigned to the long wait. From his perch at this stop on SEPTA’s long-term detour for bus routes 38 and 40, Johns stares north, at the cement barricades that sit two blocks away at the entrance to the 41st Street […]

 By Kymberly Bays

Kensington: New Arts High School Product Of Concerned Student Efforts

Kensington: New Arts High School Product Of Concerned Student Efforts

When Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts opens at its new Front and Berks location in September, community group Youth United for Change will have realized a major victory in its neighborhood school reform goals. The organization has been in existence since 1991. Most recent successes have occurred in the last seven years […]

 By Travis Gold

Germantown: Wister Station Seeing Renewal, but Problems Remain

Germantown: Wister Station Seeing Renewal, but Problems Remain

Wister, the smaller of Germantown’s two R-7 SEPTA train stations, is an easy spot to miss if you are not a local to Ashmead Street or making a special effort to look for it. However, the seemingly obscure location of Wister does not diminish its importance to persons relying on this station. “My mother lives […]

 By Josh Middleton

Germantown: Souping for Food Insecurity

Germantown: Souping for Food Insecurity

Hungry residents in Germantown may find their bellies a little fuller this year, thanks to the efforts of the three churches that comprise Germantown Avenue Lutheran Parish (GALP). For six weeks Christ Ascension (8300 Germantown Ave., 215-247-4233), St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (6671 Germantown Ave., 215-848-0199) and Trinity Lutheran Church (5300 Germantown Ave., 215-848-8150) were involved […]