West Philadelphia

 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 […]

 By Lauren Gordon and Linda Lam

Walnut Hill: Messages on the Wall

Walnut Hill: Messages on the Wall

Throughout Philadelphia, murals brighten up neighborhoods and beautify industrial areas. However, for the residents of Walnut Hill the “writing on the wall” sometimes sends a controversial and confusing message to community members. On the 4800 block of Market Street, on the side of the first African-American nightclub in the area, a mural stains the walls […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein and Christian J. Clarke

Mill Creek: From One Generation of Men to the Next

Mill Creek: From One Generation of Men to the Next

People gather on the corner of 47th  and Brown streets. There are children playing on the Mill Creek playground. There are adults sitting on lawn chairs on the sidewalks. There are people riding bikes. There are people driving by. There is no crime. There is no drug dealing. There is no gunfire. In 2000, following […]

 By Trenae McDuffie

Walnut Hill: The Barber Shop and the Community

Walnut Hill: The Barber Shop and the Community

Keeping edges sharp and cuts crisp, Universal Cutz is the popular barbershop of the neighborhood.  The shop is located on 42nd and Baltimore Avenue.  This social center builds bonds between men from diverse backgrounds. African American, Caucasian, Indian, Vietnamese and Russian men get cuts or hang out for entertaining conversation.  Most of the diverse demographics […]

 By Lauren Gordon and Linda Lam

Walnut Hill: A Community Connection

Walnut Hill: A Community Connection

To live on the 4600 block of Locust Street in Walnut Hill in West Philadelphia is to know tradition and to appreciate continuity. Walter and Marjorie Livingston have been living on this very street since 1951. Walter, an architect with two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and his wife were first attracted by the […]

 By Maureen Costello and Mary Coyle

Mantua: West Philadelphia Community Center Enriching Young Minds

Mantua: West Philadelphia Community Center Enriching Young Minds

The innocent chatter of a group of elementary age children spills out of a colorful room filled with bookshelves and play mats. Dressed in smocks and wielding paintbrushes, they splash colors on to blank sheets of paper laid out on tables. In another room, an older group sits on the floor and listens intently to […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein and Christian Clarke

West Philadelphia: A Synagogue Reconstructs a Community

West Philadelphia: A Synagogue Reconstructs a Community

As the Jewish tradition teaches, “kol avarim zeh lazeh,” or “we are all responsible for each other.”  At Kol Tzedek, the Reconstructionist Synagogue in West Philadelphia, a Jewish community was built on the foundation of prayer, education, spirituality and activism. Kol Tzedek began when a group of Jewish people in West Philadelphia came together seeking […]

 By Anna Hyclak and Sherri Hospedales

Mantua: MOMobile Center Provides Healthy Start for New Moms and Infants

Mantua: MOMobile Center Provides Healthy Start for New Moms and Infants

Remarkably, whether a child eventually graduates from high school relates to behaviors that child’s mother engages in during pregnancy. The mother’s behaviors can affect almost everything about her child’s future from health to social skills and test scores. But first-time mothers don’t always know how to properly take care of themselves and their babies while […]

 By Jared Pass

Technology: A New Model for Schools

Technology: A New Model for Schools

At the Science Leadership Academy the students are treated like adults, according a junior at the Science Leadership Academy, Cody Nichols. The Science Leadership Academy (SLA) is a new student oriented, project-based school. The school is working in partnership with the Philadelphia School District and the Franklin Institute. There are no standardized tests besides the […]