South Philadelphia

 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 […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Pete Dorchak

South Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Arts in the City of Boxing

South Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Arts in the City of Boxing

The chain-link cage doors are locked shut. A hush falls over the arena. The referee gives the signal. Two warriors collide in the center of the cage. The cheering of the crowd punctuates every thud of flesh hitting flesh. Mixed martial arts have a new home in Philadelphia. Matrix Fights held their inaugural event on […]

 By Anna Palij and Matthew Pitts

South Philadelphia: Jazz Club Reinvigorates Community Music Culture

South Philadelphia: Jazz Club Reinvigorates Community Music Culture

The fast-paced notes of a jazz tune can be heard down the halls of the Clef Club, as senior and junior ensembles practice their skills. Drums pounding, saxophones dragging low notes and trumpets blare out past titles, as well as new creations by students in the class. The Clef Club isn’t just any old music […]

 By Stephanie Wharton and Danielle Zimmerman

South Philadelphia: Hawthorne Cultural Center Unites the Community

South Philadelphia: Hawthorne Cultural Center Unites the Community

Wednesday nights at Hawthorne Cultural Center are particularly hectic due to the variety of programs being held simultaneously. While parents are attending Young Moms’ class, children are doing art projects or watching movies. In another room, a tai chi and kung fu fusion class open to adults and children takes place. The center, located on […]

 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 […]