Neighborhoods

 By Rachel Horning

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

Being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence. Just ask Jennifer Poole. Poole lives in Hunting Park and sees her HIV status as no big deal. “Some people let their disease carry them away to the point where it makes them sick. Most people I know who have any type of illness just keep […]

 By Ben T. Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: New Building Will Better Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

Nicetown-Tioga: New Building Will Better Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

In a conversation with Jeff Graybill, the project engineer for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, his enthusiasm about his current undertaking is nothing less than contagious. Graybill is presently leading a construction site at 22nd and Venango streets in the Nicetown/Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia, and he’s excited about it. The building, being created by the […]

 By Charlie Lange and Ben Levy

Nicetown-Tioga: Welcoming Students as Neighbors, but Still Waiting

Nicetown-Tioga: Welcoming Students as Neighbors, but Still Waiting

Temple University’s brand new School of Medicine building may look shiny, fancy and full of activity on the outside, but Tioga businessman Andrei Soldatov said the inside is a whole different story. “It’s like a ghost building,” Soldatov said of the building’s interior. “It looks nice, but it’s almost empty.” Though he is not affiliated […]

 By Jennifer Reardon and Maria Konidaris

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

During their patrols with the Mayfair Town Watch, John Vearling and Len Roberts heard the same complaints from residents over and over again. The owners of this property did not shovel their sidewalk when it snowed. This owner failed to maintain the lawn. The renters in this household would not put their trash outside at […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Peter Dorchak

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Sitting in the courtroom after her cousin was murdered, Rose Middleton told the shooter that she forgave him. Middleton’s cousin, Robert Selvy, was 53 when he was murdered by someone who lived just a few streets down from him in 1997. Selvy was working to put his son through college. “It was open season on […]

 By Megan Linkfield

Ludlow: Senior Housing Creates a Community

Ludlow: Senior Housing Creates a Community

A van pulls up at a side door of a large concrete structure and 10 petite, mostly gray- and white-haired women, each with her hands full, emerge from behind its double doors and make their way inside. For the next 50 minutes they gather in the community room chatting over the television and with each […]

 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 […]