Neighborhoods

 By Kristen Harding and Doug Fischer

Germantown: Firefighters Get Little Rest During Snowstorm

Germantown: Firefighters Get Little Rest During Snowstorm

The winter weather has certainly taken its toll on Philadelphia this week. The city’s store shelves have been cleaned out, the sidewalks have been left desolate, and the normal bustle of the streets has been quieted to the dull hum of snow blowers. But while many residents may be staying warm inside, not everyone gets […]

 By Leah Mafrica

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

A loudspeaker on the sidewalk blares a heavy bass line outside a building that blends with various shops and markets on South 52nd Street in West Philadelphia. A hand-written welcome on a sheet of white paper is taped to the door, and faulty-looking windows house cheap-looking curtains. The entrance does not seem like a likely […]

 By Andrea Marr

Fairhill: Snow Doesn’t Inhibit Residents

Fairhill: Snow Doesn’t Inhibit Residents

Nestled under a fresh blanket of heavy snow, the streets of Philadelphia’s Fairhill section were alive with activity. Children and men played football in the street while neighbors stood on the sidelines, or sidewalks, watching. Business owners shoveled their front walkways.  Yet all was not fun and games for the citizens of Fairhill, as the […]

 By Kymberly Bays

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

It’s an unlikely scene just half a block from the Kensington and Somerset stop under the Market-Frankford line. Amid the shadows of “the El” and barely past the illicit activities of the intersection, there is a building that’s easy to miss. It doesn’t help that at one time it was vacant for 15 years. Marked […]

 By Michael Bixler

The Ridge Center: Helping the Homeless

The Ridge Center: Helping the Homeless

The 1300 block of Ridge Avenue is easy to ignore. It’s a stunted little short cut in between Broad Street and Spring Garden, a washed out landscape filled with the fleeting remnants of post-industrial decay. Most keep their eyes trained ahead as they pass the rag tag line of men waiting to be admitted into […]

 By Maureen Costello

The Peek-a-boo Revue: Philadelphia’s Neo-Burlesque Troupe

The Peek-a-boo Revue: Philadelphia’s Neo-Burlesque Troupe

There’s a certain connotation that comes with the term burlesque and what exactly that can mean. In the early 1900s, it was as simple as a strip tease or a lewd comedic performance. But the modern era holds the true definition of burlesque to a higher standard. Down off the corner of 15th and Brandywine […]

 By Rachel Hooper

Philadelphia Parking: Feeding the Meter Smartly

Philadelphia Parking: Feeding the Meter Smartly

If you park on the streets in Center City, there are two ways to feed the meter. You can drop in a hand full of quarters, or you can pay with a plastic Smart Card. The card is “smart” because varying amounts of money can be used and it will not add more than the […]

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Germantown: Historic House Tells Story of Freedom

Germantown: Historic House Tells Story of Freedom

As America celebrates Black History Month one historic house’s story offers lessons in community and diversity that still hold relevance today. Built in 1768 by John Johnson, the Johnson House was the home to generations of the family from 1770 to 1908, according to tour guide Jim Crichton. In the 1850s, the family used their home as a […]

 By Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

The opening of the Germantown “White House,” which emphasizes the role of African-American slaves in President George Washington’s Philadelphia home, has created a controversy about who should tell the story. At a discussion and lecture on Thursday at Cliveden of the National Trust,  entitled, “Questions in Black History,” it was clear many Germantown residents are […]

 By Anna Hyclak

Northern Liberties: Small Businesses Coping with Recession

Northern Liberties: Small Businesses Coping with Recession

The buzz surrounding the project helped attract a diverse group of more than 30 small businesses to the Piazza’s commercial space, including restaurants, galleries, boutiques and a record store. But when the Piazza finally opened on May 16, 2009, Philadelphia was in the heat of a recession. The unemployment rate soared to a staggering 10 […]