South Philadelphia

 By Jessica Lynn Argondizza

South Philadelphia: Helping Kids Write in the Age of Texting

South Philadelphia: Helping Kids Write in the Age of Texting

With barely decipherable text messages, tweets and Facebook posts dominating many students’ writing, one South Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization seeks to bring proper reading and writing back into style with fun, educational workshops. Mighty Writers, started by the former editor of Philadelphia Weekly, Tim Whitaker, serves the dual purpose of teaching grammar and building self confidence. […]

 By Michael Bixler

South Philadelphia: First All Local and Organic Food Truck Hits the Streets

South Philadelphia: First All Local and Organic Food Truck Hits the Streets

Bret Cavanaugh looks wiped out. Stepping out of his freshly painted lunch truck, Bret’s face shows sweat, fatigue and relief. “Man, we got maybe four hours of sleep last night prepping things for today. We’re beat.” Bret lets out a chuckle, sharing a weary, “It’s Miller Time” smile with his business partner, Dan Semko. The […]

 By Stephanie Wharton and Danielle Zimmerman

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

Older Residents Fear the Worst as Newcomers Move into Point Breeze “There was a time when a white person wouldn’t come into this neighborhood,” said Nick Reeves, laughing. “Except sometimes in a car, but even then they would lock the doors and drive fast until they were through.” Reeves has lived in Point Breeze for […]

 By Danielle Zimmerman

South Philadelphia: Vietnamese Community Tackles Hunger

South Philadelphia: Vietnamese Community Tackles Hunger

The Sunday service at the Bo De Temple, located at 13th and Washington streets, include the deep sounds of gongs and melodic chanting coming from the cross-legged congregation that sit scattered on the large room’s floor. Incense clouds the room with scent and smoke while offerings of small bowls of rice and slices of watermelon […]

 By Stephanie Wharton

South Philadelphia: Giving Men a Second Chance

South Philadelphia: Giving Men a Second Chance

On a typical Saturday afternoon, some of the residents of 1211 Bainbridge St. are returning to the place they call home after a hard day of work in the field. The men, who can often be seen in city parks wearing blue uniforms, are “trainees” of the Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) program in Philadelphia. […]

 By Anna Palij

South Philadelphia: A Magazine to Tell its Story

South Philadelphia: A Magazine to Tell its Story

In today’s times, magazines face a new landscape. With one folding, there is another starting up. But for local magazines, there are few to speak about, especially for those local to South Philadelphia. Luckily, there is one now. Philadelphia Row Home focuses on businesses and “row-home grown” celebrities in the South Philadelphia and through the […]

 By Danielle Zimmerman

South Philadelphia: Working Together to Keep Point Breeze Safe and Clean

South Philadelphia: Working Together to Keep Point Breeze Safe and Clean

Standing at the edge of the lot, Victor Robinson examined the scene with a quiet approval. It was only about an hour into the 2010 citywide Philly Spring Cleanup event on April 10 and already a small plastic pool, old wire fencing and a couch had been removed from an abandoned lot on the corner […]

 By Anna Palij

A South Philadelphia Tradition: The Mummers

A South Philadelphia Tradition: The Mummers

The quirky sequined outfits and jig-like dance routines that some South Philadelphia men adorn and parade on New Year’s Day may look strange to outsiders. But to Philadelphians, it’s tradition. On the 1900 block of South Third Street, between Mifflin and McKean streets, sit three of the Mummers String Bands and two of the Fancy […]

 By Anna Palij and Matthew Pitts

Southwark: Historic Park Reinvigorated

Southwark: Historic Park Reinvigorated

With trees in bloom and birds chirping, dogs merrily walking and children happily playing, Jefferson Square Park would seem like any other neighborhood park in the city. But it has a history all its own. It did not begin as the perky park it appears to be now. No more than a decade ago, it […]

 By Michael Bixler and Cary Gaul

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

Point Breeze is a neighborhood that has reached a crossroads of sorts. According to PlanPhilly.com, this South Philadelphia neighborhood has been officially re-certified as “blighted” by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. According to community planner David Knapton, 12 percent of the properties in the neighborhood are vacant lots. Point Breeze is also among three Philadelphia […]