South Philadelphia

 By Morgan Ashenfelter

Philly Kids Left on Streets Without Curfew Centers

Philly Kids Left on Streets Without Curfew Centers

David Seng has seen a lot of children out during the middle of the night on the streets of Philadelphia. On average, he says, the number is about 12, and each story is different. “The usual excuse was they were out to pick up Chinese food, and then when you smell them, you know they’ve […]

 By Rebecca Howe and Emily Heinz

Community Policing: An Innovative Strategy in South Philadelphia

Community Policing: An Innovative Strategy in South Philadelphia

THE VIEW FROM THE POLICE The officers of the South Street police detail, located at Ninth and South streets, attended a Friday evening roll call in preparation to head out to serve and protect the area. With their helmets on and their bikes ready, the police officers are prepared for another night of interaction with […]

 By Rebecca Howe

Bikes, Trikes and Strollers Circle ‘Round the Shot Tower

Bikes, Trikes and Strollers Circle ‘Round the Shot Tower

Flag Day celebrations seem few and far between these days, and at the Sparks Shot Tower Rec. Center, neighbors are taking advantage of this excuse to celebrate. The Sparks Shot Tower on Front and Carpenter Streets in South Philadelphia looks like an abandoned relic in a sea of playground equipment and grass. But for neighbors […]

 By Rebecca Howe

South Street: Teen Mob Creates Concern

South Street: Teen Mob Creates Concern

After a group of teenagers assaulted two people, stole a taxi and ransacked a convenience story near South Street, community leaders and police were trying to determine what actions to take to prevent another such occurrence. Over 100 people showed up  at Palumbo Recreation Center at 10th and Fitzwater streets. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel spoke […]

 By Emily Heinz and Rebecca Howe

South Philadelphia: Whole Body Wellness

South Philadelphia: Whole Body Wellness

With so many advances in modern clinical medicine occurring, many people may think these options are the best of the best. However, numerous people continue to rely on ancient methods of healing from around the world. In the area south of South Street, a healthy lifestyle is important and many people take part in healthy […]

 By Gabrielle DiPietro and DaVonne Armstrong

South Philly: Budget Cuts Could Leave Playground “No Man’s Land”

South Philly: Budget Cuts Could Leave Playground “No Man’s Land”

It’s a “no man’s land.” A dense slab of chocolate colored mulch piled waste high is the site of fictional uphill battles, a mock Mount Everest and the cushy “stone” half of a make-believe Sword and the Stone reenactment. To children of Queen Village and young visitors of Weccacoe Playground, the giant pile of mulch […]

 By Gabrielle DiPietro

Queen Village: Residents Try to Save Their Tennis Courts

Queen Village: Residents Try to Save Their Tennis Courts

The debris of winter past blows circles around the hard clay court at Weccacoe Playground. Donna Pancari and Kevin Parker take turns sweeping at the piles of dried leaves and scattered trash screaming mutual directions over the rumblings of a leaf blower. A man in a straw hat, printed shirt and cargo shorts prepares the […]

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