South Philadelphia

 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

[vimeo 18642400] 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 […]

 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 […]

 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

[vimeo 20374685] 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 […]