Bella Vista

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

South Philadelphia: Hispanics Play an Important Role in the ‘Italian’ Market

South Philadelphia: Hispanics Play an Important Role in the ‘Italian’ Market

While South Philadelphia’s Italian Market has been considered a cultural hub since its beginning, a large influx of Mexican immigrants has been taking up the storefronts, revitalizing the marketplace and populating its surrounding neighborhoods. Alma Tlacopilco, an immigrant from Puebla, Mexico, said that when she and her husband, Marcos, came to Philadelphia in 1997 many […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

South Philadelphia: From Factory Worker to Entreprenuer

South Philadelphia: From Factory Worker to Entreprenuer

“Variedades” about says it right. Located at Ninth Street and Washington Avenue in the Italian Market, Variedades Veracruzana (Veracruz Varieties) highlights Mexican-American culture by selling an assortment of Mexican packaged food items as well as attire and religious figurines. Martín Herrera sat in a low chair behind the glass counter of the grocery store. He […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: English Language Learners

South Philadelphia: English Language Learners

On back-to-school night last Wednesday, Xiumei Jing entered the lobby of George W. Nebinger School with a small entourage. Flanked on one side by sons Ricky and Roy Lin, a trusty confidante spoke in Chinese to Jing as she perused parent brochures and made her way to the auditorium. Though Jing came to the United […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Teachers and Students Stay Together for Years

South Philadelphia: Teachers and Students Stay Together for Years

At the start of each school year, teachers at George W. Nebinger struggle to get their class to follow new rules set by new teachers. But Megan Conley’s fourth-grade class already knew what was expected of them as they settled into their new classroom this year. After all, they’ve had the same teacher since second […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Classrooms Need the Web

South Philadelphia: Classrooms Need the Web

Ly Nguyen’s classroom on the fourth floor of George W. Nebinger School is a place where students can come, plug into their headphones and recognize something familiar: computers. Nguyen’s classroom is currently the only computer lab at Nebinger. It houses 32 Macs for students to use to learn and explore technology in their education, something […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Parents and Students Face the Waiting Room

South Philadelphia: Parents and Students Face the Waiting Room

Alongside her younger siblings and parents, Monica Rios sat patiently on a wooden bench waiting to be called into the office of George W. Nebinger School to register for her first day of school in a new city. From Riverside, N.J., Rios’ parents got married and relocated to Ninth Street and Washington Avenue. “I want […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

Bella Vista: Pop’s Water Ice Stands Strong

Bella Vista: Pop’s Water Ice Stands Strong

Water ice and soft pretzels are not only a match made in heaven but also one of the first signs of spring to many Philadelphians.  Pop’s Water Ice, located at 1337 Oregon Ave., has been serving customers for 79 years. “My great-grandfather, who was an immigrant from Italy, walked around with a pushcart. He carted […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin

Bella Vista: Fleisher Art Memorial Encourages the Community to Create

Bella Vista: Fleisher Art Memorial Encourages the Community to Create

Founded in 1898, the Fleisher Art Memorial, which was previously known as the Graphic Sketch Club, had a relatively simple mission—to provide arts education and instruction to individuals within the community. Although the name and the location of the institution have changed over the years, not much else differs in terms of the focus and […]

 By Jessica Gray

South Philadelphia: Nebinger School on the Rise

Faced with low test scores and gentrification in South Philadelphia, Ralph Burnley became the new principal in August of the George W. Nebinger School. The South Philadelphia school, which is located at Sixth and Carpenter streets, lies on the cusp of the up-and-coming Bella Vista and Queen Village neighborhoods. Despite the recent underperformance of the […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

South Philadelphia: The City’s Earliest Suburbs Become a Desired Destination

South Philadelphia: The City’s Earliest Suburbs Become a Desired Destination

Let’s face it, the area is great. It’s old and quaint and its historic charm seems to translate seamlessly with current expectations of modern living. For residents of Bella Vista and Queen Village, many of whom have been living in the area for decades, South Philadelphia is an ideal place to live and invest both […]