South Philadelphia

 By Chris Banks and Sara Fry

South Philadelphia: Keeping Opera Singer’s Music Alive

South Philadelphia: Keeping Opera Singer’s Music Alive

The Marian Anderson Historical Society is a group dedicated to promoting the late classical singer, who was considered of the most important opera performers of the 20th century. The organization was founded by Blanche Burton-Lyles and has existed for the past 12 years. Marian Anderson, a contralto who died in 1993 at the age of […]

 By Nicole Dalrymple

South Philly: Fante’s Kitchen Wares Shop

South Philly: Fante’s Kitchen Wares Shop

Whether Philadelphians are searching for common kitchen utensils or rare Italian cookware, they can flock to Ninth and Carpenter streets for every chef’s need. Fante’s Kitchen Wares Shop is one of the very few remaining Italian vendors in Philadelphia’s historic Italian Market, and it’s the oldest cookware shop in the country, in business since 1906. […]

 By Brittany Miller

South Philadelphia: Fashionably Green

South Philadelphia: Fashionably Green

Hand sewn bags, personally designed apparel and home accessories are just some of what customers can buy when shopping online. But, this isn’t your usual online checkout bag for Niemen Marcus. It’s an eco-friendly bag made with natural resources, packed with an organic T-shirt, whose sale benefits a non-profit organization. Welcome to Daughter Earth. Daughter […]

 By Sheila Kane

South Philadelphia: A Night with Cigars

South Philadelphia: A Night with Cigars

The smoke screen of cigar clouds fill the room, as the neighbors of South Philadelphia gather for a night filled with poker games, free food and cigar puffing. This is how Twin Smoke Shoppe owner Anthony Renzulli celebrates the arrival of his good friend Rocky Patel. “This is what life should all be about,” Patel […]

 By Stacey Naughton

South Philadelphia: Fight Against Racial Discrimination Continues into New School Year

South Philadelphia: Fight Against Racial Discrimination Continues into New School Year

It may be a new school year for most, but one teacher didn’t clean up his room and redecorate for new students. Instead he spent his summer sitting in a storage closet waiting for answers. William Aitken is a teacher at South Philadelphia High School who recognized that students were coordinating an attack on Asian […]

 By Emily Clymer

South Philadelphia: A History in Fabric

South Philadelphia: A History in Fabric

If you’ve ever walked into one of the many fabric stores on Fourth Street in South Philadelphia without any knowledge of fabric, it can be a bit overwhelming. Hundreds of different spools of fabric line the walls and, in some stores, spill over into isles creating colorful narrow pathways. Fabric Row, located along Fourth between […]

 By Emily Clymer

South Philadelphia: One Block, United by Gentrification

South Philadelphia: One Block, United by Gentrification

It’s not everyday that you see a blue and gold macaw perched in a tree and a colorful tropical garden a part of the scenery in South Philadelphia. But these two unusual attractions are fixtures on the block of South 10th Street between Catherine and Christian streets. Formerly a predominately Italian neighborhood in an area […]

 By Emily Clymer

South Philadelphia: The Mummers, a Struggling Tradition

South Philadelphia: The Mummers, a Struggling Tradition

Over the past century, a community with complex bonds has emerged in South Philadelphia around an iconic trademark of this city —The Mummers. Through a shared heritage, family links and neighborhood ties, this community has maintained itself as the creators of the longest-running folk parade in the United States. In January 1901, about 2,500 costumed […]

 By Christina Paone

South Philly: Is Columbus Square Dog Park a Perk or a Problem?

South Philly: Is Columbus Square Dog Park a Perk or a Problem?

Although at first glance the dog park at Christopher Columbus Square at 12th and Reed streets seems appealing, underlying controversy has dogged the park since its establishment six years ago. According to avid dog park visitor, Abby Campbell, the park used to consist mainly of trees and barren land, until four years ago when the […]

 By Leighanne Heron

South Philadelphia: Tattoo Industry Hits the Mainstream

South Philadelphia: Tattoo Industry Hits the Mainstream

Anna Paige, 36, owner of No Ka Oi and an expert tattoo artist, has been working in the traditional Hawaiian style almost her entire life. Starting at the age of 18, Paige spent her time apprenticing and eventually practicing all forms of tattoo art on the island. Moving away from her homeland, she knew she […]