West Philadelphia

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Mantua: A Rainy Day Peoplehood Parade

Mantua: A Rainy Day Peoplehood Parade

The forecast called for one very wet and mucky Saturday afternoon. But after having already been postponed a week, Spiral Q Puppet Theater’s “10th Annual Peoplehood Parade and Pageant” in West Philadelphia went on as planned. As part of their Parade and Pageant Program, each year Spiral Q artists hold workshops in the city’s most […]

 By Samantha Williams and Emily Freisher

Mantua: Daycare Centers Feel the Pinch

Mantua: Daycare Centers Feel the Pinch

[local /files/2009/10/fa0906mantuaaskthegovernor.mov] Some of the children of Heavenly Hall Day Care center know their ABCs. Others choose to defer the alphabet to focus on the basic motor skills needed to connect food to fork, fork to mouth. The play area, a messy toy-land of kitchen sets and building blocks, bursts with the high energy of […]

 By Emily Freisher and Samantha Williams

Mantua: Farming Provides Locals with Fresh Produce

Mantua: Farming Provides Locals with Fresh Produce

A bright spot sprouts amidst a string of deteriorating row homes lining Brown Street in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia. The fresh patch of greenery located on the corner of 49th Street, known familiarly as Millcreek Farm, contrasts directly with the burnt chestnut coloring of the aged houses on the opposing corner. The once vacant […]

 By Candice Walker

Walnut Hill: It’s an “El-ebration!”

Walnut Hill: It’s an “El-ebration!”

Comfort. Elegance. Convenience. These are hardly adjectives one would typically use to describe a ride on the Market subway line. But SEPTA is hoping that will change for commuters in West Philadelphia. On Sept. 12, SEPTA officials, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and over 300 community members, gathered to celebrate the end of the Market East Elevated […]

 By Emily Freisher and Samantha J. Williams

Mantua: Transportation Assistance Provided for Elderly Residents

Mantua: Transportation Assistance Provided for Elderly Residents

Public transportation for the elderly residents of Mantua and Parkside can be a struggle to find. Handicaps make taking local buses and trolleys run by South Eastern Philadelphia Transit Authority (SEPTA), a struggle. Further, with over 40 percent of the area living below the poverty line, affordable alternatives are difficult to come by. Seniors in […]

 By Kimberly Ropars and Jessica Westergom

Mantua: Young Writers Reach Out in the Community

Mantua: Young Writers Reach Out in the Community

On a scorching Saturday afternoon in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, the Charles L. Durham Free Library is full of activity. Children are scattered across the building. Some are sitting at the tiny computer desks, playing matching games. Others are sitting in the corner, reading from different books. One little girl looks through a […]

 By Jacalyn Clay, Rachael Hidalgo and James Brotherton

Parkside: New Housing Hope for Residents

Parkside: New Housing Hope for Residents

The national alarm of financial crisis has sounded. The once dynamic American economic life has been reduced to a waiting game. Until the economy hits bottom, this business of waiting will continue. In Parkside, there is no anxious waiting for the bottom. Parkside’s economy along with its housing market reached rock bottom decades ago. Unlike […]

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