Neighborhoods

 By Ashley Zeserman

Fishtown: Neighbors Unite for Community Garden

Fishtown: Neighbors Unite for Community Garden

Saturday morning, despite threatening rain clouds overhead, neighbors on Crease Street in Fishtown ventured outside armed with card tables and gently used clothes, books, kitchenware and miscellaneous odds and ends. “Will anyone drink coffee if I make a pot?” asks resident Keith Mickelberg to neighbors who were gathering outside for the first sidewalk sale to […]

 By Kyle Bagenstose

Germantown: Printing Money to Help the Community

Germantown: Printing Money to Help the Community

In tough economic times, some people need to become creative to get value out of every dollar. One way of doing this, as employees of the Germantown-based non-profit Resources for Human Development (RHD) will attest, is to start making your own.

 By Brader Jimenez and Rodrigo Torrejon

Feltonville: Family Claims Police Ignored Threats

Feltonville: Family Claims Police Ignored Threats

On a quiet Sunday morning, with nothing special about it aside from being Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia police received a call from North Philadelphia. A heated argument had taken place between neighbors and the police had been called to settle the dispute. Felix Santos, a grocery store owner, had been involved in an escalating argument […]

 By Amanda Fries

Southwest Philadelphia: Giving Bars a Good Name

Southwest Philadelphia: Giving Bars a Good Name

It was a muggy, rainy afternoon, but inside Carlette’s Backyard the beers were ice cold and the company was warm and welcoming. Carlette Brooks, the owner of the bar, was greeted by a customer with a hug and a kiss. “When you walk in the door you shake every man’s hand and you hug every […]

 By Leighanne Heron

Germantown: A Divine Education About Beauty

Germantown: A Divine Education About Beauty

One of the most eye-catching buildings in Germantown is, without a doubt, a bright purple, Barbie-doll-decorated, mural-covered building at the intersection of Armat Street and Germantown Avenue. Building number 5524 is the home of the Divine Beauty School of Esther, a cosmetology school established in order to better educate, enable and empower the women of […]

 By Catharine Raynor and Matt Price

Kensington: Putting the Good Back into the Neighborhood, One Block at a Time

Kensington: Putting the Good Back into the Neighborhood, One Block at a Time

[vimeo 18012308] No one knows better about a neighborhood than the people who live there. And it comes as no surprise that those people form a strong bond not only with their families that live near by, but with their neighbors, whether they have been there for decades or just a few weeks. That bond creates a […]

 By Amanda Fries and Daly Gonzalez

Southwest Philadelphia: There’s No Place Like Home

Southwest Philadelphia: There’s No Place Like Home

Fannie Wilson can remember a time when Upland Street thrived. When the block was filled with row after row of houses, and the streets were regularly tended to. She can remember when a family occupied each house on the block. Thirty-nine years later, the 7000 block of Upland Street has made a significant transformation. “As […]

 By Leighanne Heron and Diana Holtz

Germantown: The Neighborhood’s ‘Best Kept Secret’

Germantown: The Neighborhood’s ‘Best Kept Secret’

Sandwiched between some of the busiest, roughest blocks in town, the 5900 block of McCallum Street is a rare find. Quiet, peaceful and pleasant for the most part, you would never know this residential block was in the heart of Germantown. On the south end of McCallum lies the well- traveled Rittenhouse Street, and to […]

 By Tara Moore and Jessica Arnold

Mantua: City Robs Residents of a Mural and Morale

Mantua: City Robs Residents of a Mural and Morale

[vimeo 18011273] Mantua residents once enjoyed a vivid, colorful mural on their walks home from Center City along the Spring Garden Street Bridge, but in the last three months diamond-plated paneling slowly stole their vibrancy. Tired of fighting the city and tired of being ignored, the neighborhood silenced itself. Until now. “We’re a little disappointed […]

 By Michelle Welk and Manuel Agurto

North Philadelphia: Pools a Cool Distraction for Overheated Youth this Summer

North Philadelphia: Pools a Cool Distraction for Overheated Youth this Summer

[vimeo 18630533] The next time you grumble over Center City parking kiosk prices or cringe sympathetically while watching a rerun of A&E’s Parking Wars, keep in mind where the money collected by the Philadelphia Parking Authority could one day end up. While still a hard pill to swallow, that fine may eventually be put to […]