Neighborhoods

 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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