Neighborhoods

 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 […]

 By Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Deep in the heart of Hunting Park is new hope. Reporters Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek give you an inside look at Nueva Esperanza and the Open Borders Project. Follow the links below to learn more. Nueva Esperanza: A Tie That Binds a Community Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

 By Jenna Brizek

Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

Nueva Esperanza isn’t the only organization in Hunting Park that offers services to the Latino community. Proyecto Sin Fronteras operates out of two, humble row homes on the 3500 block of North Sixth Street. The center runs many different types of programs, such as English classes, computer technology courses and an after-school youth program.  Select […]

 By Cassandra Kramer

Nueva Esperanza: A Tie that Binds the Community

Nueva Esperanza: A Tie that Binds the Community

“Nueva Esperanza,” directly translated, means “New Hope” in Spanish. For 20 years, Nueva Esperanza has been giving hope to the Hunting Park community in North Philadelphia. Founded in 1987, The Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia started this empowerment center, wanting to address serious issues, such as poverty and crime, within the Latino community.   As the […]