Neighborhoods

 By Casey Snyder, Julio Nunez and Mari Saito

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

It’s cleaning day in the Wilson-Heard home on Wagner Avenue. The father is using the vacuum upstairs, as 7-year-old Bryant runs down the stairs of the well-kept row home. “Mommy, can I pour my own cereal for breakfast?” They are the sounds that can be heard within any typical home on a Sunday morning, but […]

 By Gabrielle DiPietro

Queen Village: Residents Try to Save Their Tennis Courts

Queen Village: Residents Try to Save Their Tennis Courts

The debris of winter past blows circles around the hard clay court at Weccacoe Playground. Donna Pancari and Kevin Parker take turns sweeping at the piles of dried leaves and scattered trash screaming mutual directions over the rumblings of a leaf blower. A man in a straw hat, printed shirt and cargo shorts prepares the […]

 By Kylee Messner

Kensington: Real Estate in a Tough Economy

Kensington: Real Estate in a Tough Economy

Mendez Homes and Investments has been renting and selling affordable homes to Philadelphia residents for the past four years—and doesn’t see things stopping anytime soon. “We’re affected by the economy, but it’s still a great place to live,” says Maria Mendez of Kensington.  Mendez has been operating as a broker for Mendez Homes and Investments […]

 By Peter Morris

Kensington: For Better or For Worse?

Kensington: For Better or For Worse?

Starting on May 1, the northern Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington will begin its first ever restaurant week. An event usually reserved for  more affluent neighborhoods,  such an event being held in Kensington and its surrounding neighborhoods must mean that this section of north Philadelphia is experiencing a period of revival and renewal. Since 2007, nine new […]

 By Erika Ransom

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Layoffs, budget cuts, home foreclosure, bankruptcies, bailouts—adults from every corner of the country are feeling the sting of the current economic turmoil. And now the country’s economic woes present a new problem. Law enforcement officials nationwide are concerned that the economic recession may lead to increased incidents of child abuse, according to a recent survey […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Is Gambling Addictive?

Is Gambling Addictive?

Bill Kearney is a self-described “former compulsive casino gambling degenerate.” And even though he stops short of the word addict, many who are seduced by lure of fast money and big winnings find themselves in the clutches of an often misunderstood and underreported form of addiction. Take Kearney’s story. An entrepreneur in his twenties, he […]

 By Jacalyn Clay, Rachael Hidalgo and James Brotherton

Parkside: New Housing Hope for Residents

Parkside: New Housing Hope for Residents

The national alarm of financial crisis has sounded. The once dynamic American economic life has been reduced to a waiting game. Until the economy hits bottom, this business of waiting will continue. In Parkside, there is no anxious waiting for the bottom. Parkside’s economy along with its housing market reached rock bottom decades ago. Unlike […]

 By Brittany Diggs, Jessica Ann Geoghan and Andrew Forgotch

Logan: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Logan: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Jason West decided to beautify his grandmother’s three-story row home by planting flowers and encompassing them with a rustic garden fence. He thought his kind act would rid his block of blight. Instead, it incited anger and disdain within the 20-year resident of the 5100 block of North Broad Street. “We had brand new gates, […]

 By Jessica Ann Geoghan, Brittany Diggs and Andrew Forgotch,

Olney: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Olney: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Every neighborhood has children and children need places to play. Not every section of the city is lucky enough to have trees and open spaces like Olney. Fisher Park, which is located at 600 W. Spencer Ave., is a beautiful, wooded area that is at the disposal of residents for recreation. “It is essential for […]

 By Holly Otterbein

Learning from the Dead: Laurel Hill Cemetery

Learning from the Dead: Laurel Hill Cemetery

On Ridge Avenue—right before Strawberry Mansion hastily transforms into East Falls—on 78 acres of lush, tree-filled and flower-spotted land, sits the home of many important men and women. Their names aren’t always easily recognizable, but what they’ve done is. The founder of Breyers Ice Cream, the first American ballerina, the man who invented denim, the creator […]