West Philadelphia

 By Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi

West Philadelphia: Acupuncture Made Accessible to the Community

West Philadelphia: Acupuncture Made Accessible to the Community

An acupuncture clinic is something you might not expect to see in West Philadelphia but nestled on the third floor of an old firehouse building sits Philadelphia Community Acupuncture. It may be hard to spot from the street but the clinic’s effect on the community is not. Acupuncture is offered at very reasonable rates and […]

 By Anna Hyclak and Sherri Hospedales

Parkside: Celebrating Philadelphia’s Past and Future

Parkside: Celebrating Philadelphia’s Past and Future

As soon as it gets warm enough for backyard barbecues and water ice pushcarts, the tourists start coming to the Parkside community adjacent to Philadelphia’s sprawling Fairmount Park. These visitors arrive in droves, descending upon three noted cultural institutions located in Fairmount’s West Park section: the Philadelphia Zoo, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts […]

 By Lauren Gordon and Linda Lam

West Philadelphia: Artistic Views

West Philadelphia: Artistic Views

West Philadelphia: City’s Best Kept Art Secret When you walk up to the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum, it looks like any ordinary twin home on Hamilton Street in West Philadelphia. However, walk into the backyard, and it is as if you fell down the rabbit hole. Suddenly you are surrounded by a yard full […]

 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. […]