Cobbs Creek

 

Cobbs Creek: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

Cobbs Creek: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

There are many things in Cobbs Creek that are hidden gems, meaning they’re not well known to most people who do not live or visit the area. 1. Cheerleaders from West Philadelphia High School (above) use the Cobbs Creek Recreation center to practice. They will be competing in the Jam Fest/Jam Brands Cheer and Dance […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Philadelphia 300 Men Assembly Seeks Solutions to Crime

The first town hall meeting was called together by the Philadelphia 300 Men Assembly, co-founded by Donnell Regusters and Tommy Joshua. The purpose of this meeting was to hear the issues the community is dealing with and to figure out a plan to fix them. A handful of local organizations and professionals gathered together at […]

 

Cobbs Creek: MOVE Bombing on Osage Avenue Leaves Scar

Near the heart of Cobbs Creek Parkway lies a brutal scar of a block that holds much significance to the neighborhood. Twenty-nine years ago, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on a row house on Osage Avenue, which shook the community and took the lives of 11 people, including five children. This historical event is known […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Five People Making a Difference

Cobbs Creek: Five People Making a Difference

There is a strong sense of community involvement within the Cobbs Creek area. Many organizations are dedicated to improving the area and the lives of those who live there. Within these organizations are individuals working directly with community members. 1. Micel Sanchez (above) is a student volunteer participating in work-study at LIFT. Her role is called “advocate.” […]

 

Cobbs Creek: ‘Miracle on 63rd Street’ Aids Those in Need

Located on Cobbs Creek Parkway in West Philadelphia, the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County serves as a temporary residence and rehabilitation center for people in need. Affectionately known as the “Miracle on 63rd Street,” the Life Center provides housing, counseling, rehabilitation and job opportunities for Pennsylvania residents who are going through tough times. James […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Boys’ Latin Challenges Students to Excel

A challenging curriculum and personal investment in the young men of the Cobbs Creek neighborhood is what Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School offers to its community. Located at 55th Street and Cedar Avenue, Boys’ Latin was established in 2005 by the school’s CEO, David Hardy. Hardy had a vision of starting an all-boys charter […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Library Programs Serve Community

On the triangle lot where Baltimore Avenue, 56th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway meet sits a yellow building with murals painted on every side. This is the Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The library was founded in 1925 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. In 1990, this branch was […]

 

Cobbs Creek: 5 Interesting People to Know

Cobbs Creek: 5 Interesting People to Know

Among the many interesting faces in Cobbs Creek, there are a few names to note. The neighborhood offers a variety of resources for community members, young and old, able-bodied and disabled. These interesting folks are leaders in this community and are leaving a major impact on the lives of residents. 1. James Shelton (above) is […]

 

Cobbs Creek: 5 Places to Know

Cobbs Creek: 5 Places to Know

The Cobbs Creek area in West Philadelphia is located between Market Street, South 50th Street, Baltimore Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway. The neighborhood is approximately 1.5 square miles and home to about 42,673 residents. Cobbs Creek is a longtime working class neighborhood that is predominantly inhabited by African Americans. Cobbs Creek prides itself on being […]

 By Samuel Scimeca and Micaella Wesley

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

[vimeo 80776295] It’s no secret that the School District of Philadelphia has fallen on hard times. The district has to work with the budget it has set and because of this budget there have been many staff layoffs. Among those laid off include principals, assistant principals, secretaries and teachers. One position that was hit hard were […]