West Philadelphia

 By Taqiya Miller

Cedar Park: Helping Families with Sick Relatives

Cedar Park: Helping Families with Sick Relatives

Many individuals who need specialized medical treatment are forced to travel long distances to receive that treatment. Time as well as cost of travel can place even more strain on patients and their families. Consequently countless individuals make the choice to find living accommodations close to their treatment facilities. However, the cost of these accommodations […]

 By Maureen Costello

Mantua: A Puppet Theater Raises Big Issues in Bigger Ways

Mantua: A Puppet Theater Raises Big Issues in Bigger Ways

“The office is a mess,” Alice Manos says with a laugh. “It doesn’t usually look like this.”  She stands off to the corner of the Spiral Q Theater office and pulls wires across the open room. Alice has been working as a communications and development assistant for Spiral Q, a community-based puppet theater since August […]

 By Mary Coyle

Mantua/Parkside: Bridges Remain Neglected and in Disrepair

Mantua/Parkside: Bridges Remain Neglected and in Disrepair

Brad Johns waits for the bus at the corner of 41st Street and Westminster Avenue, resigned to the long wait. From his perch at this stop on SEPTA’s long-term detour for bus routes 38 and 40, Johns stares north, at the cement barricades that sit two blocks away at the entrance to the 41st Street […]

 By Anna Hyclak

Parkside: Fresh Food Initiative Gains National Recognition

Parkside: Fresh Food Initiative Gains National Recognition

“Look, if you’re poor, we’ll give you food stamps. But if you don’t have a place to spend them, then what’s the point?” It’s a rainy Tuesday afternoon, and Jeff Brown is on a train to Washington, D.C. In just a few short hours, he’ll speak to officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture about […]

 By Trenae McDuffie

Walnut Hill: Reality of Rough Times

Walnut Hill: Reality of Rough Times

Making a critical decision to get a hair cut or pay a bill leaves many under close watch of how their money is spent. Current economic conditions are getting worse. Money has become tight for many people of Walnut Hill, but others have managed to find ways to modify budgets and create other economic opportunities. […]

 By Linda Lam

Walnut Hill: YES Program

Walnut Hill: YES Program

The YES Program stands for Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success. The Enterprise Center is the facility that houses the After-School Executive Incubator Program. YES Program partnerships with seven surrounding Philadelphia Academy public schools. The schools they are in partnership with and grants fund the YES Program. Not all students get the opportunity to participate in […]

 By Lauren Gordon

Walnut Hill: What is Best for West High?

Walnut Hill: What is Best for West High?

For students, teachers, parents and the community, it was apparent that change was a must for the neighborhood’s local high school, West Philadelphia. In 2007, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “School Report Card,” West’s eleventh grade test scores indicated only a 5.5 percent proficiency score in math, with reading proficiency scores hovering around 6.2 percent. […]

 By Trenae McDuffie

West Philadelphia: Families Find Ways to Pay for College

West Philadelphia: Families Find Ways to Pay for College

The SAT scores are in, the essays are written, and the applications have been mailed, but the pressure and stress of financing a college education still remains. The current economic climate has made money very tight in households. Even with tax returns and stimulus packages thrown into communities, many families struggle to pay college tuition. […]

 By Taqiya Miller

Cedar Park: Acupuncture and Other Changes

Cedar Park: Acupuncture and Other Changes

Along Baltimore Avenue in the Cedar Park section of West Philadelphia a transformation is taking place. The avenue, which is at the center of the community, has begun to go through renovation due in large part to the attraction of new businesses both large and small to the neighborhood. Yet one section of the avenue […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein and Christian J. Clarke

West Philadelphia: Tough Winter Brings More Potholes

West Philadelphia: Tough Winter Brings More Potholes

The next and newest battle drivers face after the long winter of severe weather conditions are the potholes plaguing the city streets as the rainy months of spring have begun. In West Philadelphia, drivers complain that Market, Walnut and Chestnut streets are both the busiest roads in the area and the most problematic where potholes […]