West Philadelphia

 By Ariela Rose

West Philly: Vegan and Yoga Create a Gathering Space

West Philly: Vegan and Yoga Create a Gathering Space

[vimeo 18393704] Nestled above Fiesta Pizza and Valentino African Food Store is a 5,000-square-foot yoga studio that offers more than a good stretch and a reiki massage. On the last Sunday of every month Studio 34 Yoga, Healing and Arts hosts a vegan brunch. The idea for the brunch was conceived by friends and Studio […]

 By Dustin Khebzou

Mantua: Food Not Bombs

Mantua: Food Not Bombs

[vimeo 20472899] A heavenly aroma spills outs from a bubbling pot of potato squash soup in the basement of the Cavalry Church. Claire Smith quickly turns down the burner and goes back to preparing three large trays of savory brussel sprouts. Paul Divido and Anna Jacobs take turns kneading dough to turn into luscious cinnamon […]

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Walnut Hill: New Beginning for West Philadelphia High School

Walnut Hill: New Beginning for West Philadelphia High School

Last Tuesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new West Philadelphia High School. Located just a few steps from the current building, the new facility will replace what was once West Catholic High School for Boys at 49th and Chestnut streets. The 72,000-square-foot, three-story building will house state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs, two gyms, […]

 By Emily Freisher

Mantua: Dancing Martial Art

Mantua: Dancing Martial Art

[vimeo 20374832] There is one place in West Philadelphia where fighting is acceptable. High-flying kicks and swiftly moving bodies pass back and forth across the room. The sound of sneakers hitting the floor—and sometimes skin—is drowned out by the rhythmic drum music reverberating through the room. Someone shouts out directions over the thumping bass and […]

 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

[vimeo 20472161] 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 […]

 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 […]