South Philadelphia

 By Christanna Ciabattoni

South Philadelphia: Local Boutique Sells Shoes for Haiti

South Philadelphia: Local Boutique Sells Shoes for Haiti

Elena Brennan would watch the CNN news and cry. “I felt like I needed to do something to help all those poor people that are struggling [in Haiti],” said Brennan, owner of Bus Stop Boutique, a shoe store located on Philadelphia’s Fabric Row. She decided that the best way she could help was to sell […]

 By Pete Dorchak

South Street: The Dirt Party Emerging From the Ground Up

South Street: The Dirt Party Emerging From the Ground Up

From the age of four, Carl Bahner knew he wanted a life in music. The only issue was that he didn’t know what instrument he wanted to play. “My aunt had a piano and I used to sit down and punker away at the keys,” Bahner said. “I would only play ‘Mary Had A Little […]

 By Jimmy Viola

Point Breeze Youth is Missing

Point Breeze Youth is Missing

Dinner at the Vu residence in Point Breeze is served in traditional Vietnamese style. Plate after plate of rice, fried fish, chicken stew and tripe are placed on newspapers spread over the cherry-stained wood floor. Praying before each meal has gained a painfully new meaning for the Vu family. There has been one less member […]

 By Jennifer Reardon

South Philadelphia Parishioners Await Unveiling of New Statue

South Philadelphia Parishioners Await Unveiling of New Statue

The Rev. Joseph Genito, the pastor at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church and Shrine at Broad and Ellsworth streets in South Philadelphia, has listened to confessions and absolved parishioners of their sins for 35 years. One person he has not heard a confession from, though, is the individual who vandalized the St. Rita statue […]

 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 […]