Neighborhoods

 By Kristen Harding

Center City: Donating and Recycling

Center City: Donating and Recycling

Recycling has recently become one of the most conscious sustainability efforts. People can easily toss a plastic bottle or a cardboard cup into a receptacle, but what about a piece of furniture? The answer is simple – donate it. Uhuru Furniture, located at 1220 Spruce St., is helping Philadelphia go green by collecting used furniture […]

 By Jennifer Reardon

South Philadelphia Parishioners Await Unveiling of New Statue

South Philadelphia Parishioners Await Unveiling of New Statue

The Rev. Joseph Genito, the pastor at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church and Shrine at Broad and Ellsworth streets in South Philadelphia, has listened to confessions and absolved parishioners of their sins for 35 years. One person he has not heard a confession from, though, is the individual who vandalized the St. Rita statue […]

 By Morgan Zalot

Frankford: Owners Look to Increase Business with Façade Improvement

Frankford: Owners Look to Increase Business with Façade Improvement

Fernando Torres has more than an aesthetic reason for wanting to improve the look of his Frankford tattoo parlor. “Cars hit the building a few times,” Torres, who also owns a women’s boutique next door to the parlor, said. “I want to get a steel structure in front to protect it.” Torres opened Mark My […]

 By Kevin Cook

North Philadelphia: Open Door Baptist Church Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

North Philadelphia: Open Door Baptist Church Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Open Door Baptist Church, located at 1632 N. 26th St., celebrates its 60th anniversary.

 By Christeen Vilbrun

Northeast Philadelphia: Veterans Face High Unemployment

Northeast Philadelphia: Veterans Face High Unemployment

Imagine risking your life for the country you love by joining the military. After serving your time overseas, you come back healthy and uninjured, with a job lined up and waiting for you. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many veterans who have served our country. The reality is that some soldiers returning to […]

 By Marco Dorazio and Shane Fox

Germantown: A Record Revival

Germantown: A Record Revival

For roughly a century, the primary medium to play back recorded sound was via the phonograph. Phonographs, which became vinyl records in the 1940s, are those large black discs your parents may have stored in crates in the attic. Over the last 50 years the medium was eventually replaced by tape and digital technologies. Still, […]

 By Evan Macy

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

It is not unusual to revisit an old neighborhood. Sometimes a sense of nostalgia drags people back to the places where it all began, and according to Allen Meyers, who grew up in Strawberry Mansion over 40 years ago, there are two types of returning visitors. “There are some people who are afraid,” Meyers said, […]

 By Jonathan Viguers and Nicole Volpicelli

Fairhill: Living a Homeless Life

Fairhill: Living a Homeless Life
 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

How does the old adage go? Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes? It is hard to image a saying more fitting for homeowners going through mortgage delinquency and foreclosure. For many, it is hard to imagine the possibility of losing a home to foreclosure and the constant anxiety that […]

 Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. While sifting through the mail, they notice those huge, foreboding letters staring back at them. Foreclosure. The word hits them like a punch to the gut. Their face goes flush. They can almost feel the blood rushing down their legs. Their heart stops momentarily, then begins to pound like a […]