Neighborhoods

 By Leah Mafrica and Andrea Marr

Fairhill: Drugs Compromise Community Atmosphere

Fairhill: Drugs Compromise Community Atmosphere

Although the Fairhill School is easily visible and just two blocks away, no child on this block is thinking about school — they’re thinking of their next target. It’s a snow day on West Cambria Street in Fairhill, and the kids on this block are bragging about the numbness of their hands in between relentless […]

 By Michelle Provencher and Milan Vracarich Jr.

North Central: Renaissance of One Block Thanks to Project HOME

North Central: Renaissance of One Block Thanks to Project HOME

A stroll along the 1900 block of North 23rd Street reveals a scene not unlike the many other blocks in North Central Philadelphia. The row home facades are kept tidy, cars are parked along either side of the one-way road, it’s a Wednesday and recycling bins are scattered along the sidewalk. What sets this block […]

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Germantown: A Changing, But Still Troubling, Landscape

Germantown: A Changing, But Still Troubling, Landscape

If you ever travel to the 400 block of East Haines Street in Germantown, you will find a neighborhood with many stories of its proud past as well as stories of the not-so-proud present. This block is not much different from many neighborhoods in Philadelphia that have experienced problems with crime, drugs and unemployment. Depending […]

 By Kristina Leon and Chesney Davis

Allegheny/Strawberry Mansion: After a Century, Library Still Serves its Community

Allegheny/Strawberry Mansion: After a Century, Library Still Serves its Community

On Lehigh Avenue between 28th and 29th streets, countless people scurry back and forth past several row homes, a familiar sight on countless blocks all over North Philadelphia. But nestled in between houses clearly wrought with years of wear and history people also pass a massive building whose outside shows no visible signs of age. […]

 By Michael Bixler and Cary Gaul

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

Point Breeze is a neighborhood that has reached a crossroads of sorts. According to PlanPhilly.com, this South Philadelphia neighborhood has been officially re-certified as “blighted” by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. According to community planner David Knapton, 12 percent of the properties in the neighborhood are vacant lots. Point Breeze is also among three Philadelphia […]

 By Chris Banks and Phil Coles

Strawberry Mansion: A Glimpse of 27th and Arizona

Strawberry Mansion: A Glimpse of 27th and Arizona

The 2700 block of Arizona Street is just another block in Strawberry Mansion. No stores, no thugs, no drugs…and hardly any houses. Twenty years ago it was nothing like this. Even 10 years ago, it was nothing like this. Yes, but of course there was other drama. The connection streets of 27th and York were […]

 By Rebecca Hale and Patrick McCloskey

Feltonville: Block Boasts Diversity

Feltonville: Block Boasts Diversity

Bob Krawtchuk looks out at his block after checking on the grapevines in his backyard. He points to the various houses stating which ones used to be owned by Polish, Jewish or German owners.   He has lived on the 100 block of East Loudon Street for 25 years and has seen the changes in the […]

 By Steve Ciccarelli and Ariela Rose

Fairhill: Spells Writing Center Aims To Spark Creativity

Fairhill: Spells Writing Center Aims To Spark Creativity

The activity on Germantown Avenue in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia never rests. It pulses to the vibrating beats that resonate from the record stores selling the latest Jay-Z album and the carefully stocked clothing stores overflowing with denim. However, you will find yourself engulfed in a serene calm if you take a sharp […]

 By Ben Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: Temple Hospital Changed the Neighborhood and Not Necessarily for the Better

Nicetown-Tioga: Temple Hospital Changed the Neighborhood and Not Necessarily for the Better

Turning the corner onto the 3500 block of North Carlisle Street, which runs directly behind the new Temple University Medical School building, one is met with noisy, powerful gusts of wind. “It’s a wind tunnel effect,” said Paul Washington of 3504 N. Carlisle St. This is one of the many effects that the building, completed […]

 By Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and Danielle Mauro

Port Richmond: United by Tragedy

Port Richmond: United by Tragedy

On the 3000 block of Cedar Street in Port Richmond, most of the houses are adorned with orange bows displayed in memory of William “Billy” Panas Jr. Panas was shot and killed by former police officer Frank Tepper on Nov. 21, 2009. According to the testimony of Anthony Picklo, a friend of Billy Panas, he […]