Neighborhoods

 By Mari Saito, Casey Snyder and Julio Nunez

Olney: Progress Could Be Short-Lived

Olney: Progress Could Be Short-Lived

The neighborhood is bustling along the Fifth Street business corridor in Olney. Newly swept sidewalks guide you through the area, as your nose is taken on an aromatic journey through the Caribbean by way of Italy. Bright hues of fresh produce lining the sidewalks outside of the markets and overhead business signs reflecting heritages from […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Rock ‘n’ Roll Renaissance Revives Fishtown

Rock ‘n’ Roll Renaissance Revives Fishtown

When you think of music in Philadelphia, undoubtedly certain areas come to mind: the melodic jazz tones born of North Philadelphia, the gritty, stark hip hop that rises from the tough streets of the western reaches of the city, the soaring strings of Gamble and Huff’s downtown soul or the smooth voices of the street […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Fishtown’s Music

Fishtown’s Music

A slideshow illustrating some of the hottest spots for today’s up-and-coming music acts. Featuring the song “Comin’ Home” by Murder by Death, who recently performed at Johnny Brenda’s.

 By Samantha Story, Leah Guerrier and Takako Sato

Kensington: Greensgrow Farms’ Abundant Plant Life

Kensington: Greensgrow Farms’ Abundant Plant Life

There is no lack of variety of plants available at the nursery at Greensgrow Farms. The bright greens, yellows, oranges and blues can quickly catch the gaze of any passerby of this wonderfully vibrant farm. One highlight of the nursery is all of the new products available for sale. Since it reopened to the public […]

 By Victoria Rubadiri

North Philadelphia: Fashion on a Mission

North Philadelphia: Fashion on a Mission

At first glance, Villa looks like just another urban retail store on the block. However, three simple words differentiate this hip hop apparel store from its counterparts.  “Join the Movement” is the slogan that can be seen at every Villa store location. The phrase is intended to stir up some curiosity for customers to take […]

 By Laura Yacoe, Lauren Pappas and Brian Myszkowski

Nicetown-Tioga: Turning a New Page

Nicetown-Tioga: Turning a New Page

The bookstores of the Tioga and Nicetown community are much more than stacks of literature and textbooks. They serve as a forum for the community and an educational outlet for the people of the neighborhood. When customers walk up to the poster-clad staircase of Black and Nobel Bookstore, the employees and owner Hakim Hopkins immediately welcome them with smiles and hearty handshakes. It seems as if Hopkins knows just about every customer on a personal basis.

 By Casey Snyder, Mari Saito and Julio Nunez

Logan: Gospel Diva Willa Ward-Royster

Logan: Gospel Diva Willa Ward-Royster

From the draperies adorned atop the vaulted windows, to the candelabras along the walls, gold tones emit an enchanting ambiance within Willa Ward-Royster’s Logan home. A chandelier hung from the ceiling and crystals suspended from tall end table lamps in the living room, create whimsical touches of glamour that seem to mirror the tenant perfectly. Today, you can still see that glamour and sophistication of years past within Willa.

 By Mari Saito

Guns in Philadelphia

Guns in Philadelphia

There is no shortage of customers at Colosimo’s Gun Store on the 900 block of Spring Garden Street. A group of young men are buzzed into the store every few minutes, each time bringing in a gust of cold air through the door with a National Rifle Association sticker plastered on it. Eager customers talk excitedly among themselves while they press their noses against the glass cabinets lined with handguns. Outside, two New Yorkers wearing Yankee caps smoke cigarettes while they wait for the shooting range to open next door.

 By Shannon McDonald

Cops: Black and Blue

Cops: Black and Blue

Bill Thrasher is an officer in North Philadelphia’s 22nd Police District. His blonde hair is youthful, unaltered by sun or life. His eyes are identical to the sky blue of the uniform shirt he wears beneath his jacket and bulletproof vest. The faint traces of acne on his jaw reveal his age before he offers […]

 By Justin Elson

Fishtown: The Writing on the Wall

Fishtown: The Writing on the Wall

Running down Frankford Avenue to catch an arriving train, we can hear the reverberations grow louder, amplified through the steel supports that line the street. We hustle up the steps, taking two or three at a time, move through the turnstile with an urban-honed precision and dash toward the end of the platform in a […]

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