Point Breeze

 

Newbold: Five Gay Men Keeping Residence in the Neighborhood

Newbold: Five Gay Men Keeping Residence in the Neighborhood

Philadelphia at large is hardly a closeted town. Rainbows mark the city’s Gayborhood street signs as symbols for LGBT-friendly businesses, and it has earned an overall progressive reputation on the national level. Last fall, it nabbed a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard and just last month, Comcast received […]

 

Newbold: Four Defining Spots of the ‘New’ South Philly

Newbold: Four Defining Spots of the ‘New’ South Philly

There’s nothing new about Newbold, per se. It is, after all, a longstanding Point Breeze neighborhood that just happens to sport some new digs. But rising home sales prices of 13.3 percent in the area, coupled with an eclipsing of the city average of new homes built post-2005 and a mid-30s median resident age, all are ingredients […]

 By Jad A. Sleiman and Jessica Griffin.

Point Breeze: The Breeze Is All Business

Point Breeze: The Breeze Is All Business

Just about all of the Point Breeze business buzz is rooted near the rapidly gentrifying Newbold section, where craft beer vendors and a yoga studio vie for street space with Dominican and Indonesian corner stores. A few blocks west, however, Point Breeze Avenue is slowly coming back to life. A round up of neighborhood establishments […]

 By Skye Leppo and Charlotte Jacobson

Point Breeze: Mural Arts Fuses Recycling into After School Art Programs

Point Breeze: Mural Arts Fuses Recycling into After School Art Programs

Maybe Kermit the Frog was wrong when he insisted it wasn’t “easy being green.” Well, at least some of the kids at Chew Recreation Center at 18th and Ellsworth streets seem to disagree with the pessimistic muppet. Over the course of ten weeks, students have been participating in an ongoing art program fusing plastic into pieces of […]

 By Skye Leppo and Charlotte Jacobson

West Passyunk: West Passyunk Neighbors Association Holds First Official Elections

West Passyunk: West Passyunk Neighbors Association Holds First Official Elections

The air was full of excitement as people piled into a small room inside the Philadelphia Police First District building. Neighbors eagerly watched as faces showed up at the door, some familiar, some new. West Passyunk Neighbors Association (WPNA) President Jess Gould smiled at the front of the room, welcoming each individual to the organization’s […]

 By Skye Leppo and Charlotte Jacobson

Point Breeze: Plans Uncertain for Future of Former G.W. Childs Community School Building

A neighborhood remains at a standstill as the Philadelphia School District keeps mum on the status of the former George W. Childs Community School. The building, located at 17th and Tasker streets in Point Breeze, has been a fundamental hub for neighborhood activity since its start more than 100 years ago. When the school moved to its […]

 By Charlotte Jacobson and Skye Leppo

Point Breeze: G.W. Childs Elementary School Adjusts to Series of Transitions

Point Breeze: G.W. Childs Elementary School Adjusts to Series of Transitions

As an education institution for city children through the past century, George W. Childs Community School has served as a staple in the Philadelphia School District.  The school has a proud history of successful, diligent students and is recognized for the active community members who participate in the school’s advancement. While these factors remain an […]

 By Charlotte Jacobson

Point Breeze: Philadelphia Youth Music Partnership Presents Opportunities to Youths

Point Breeze: Philadelphia Youth Music Partnership Presents Opportunities to Youths

On the exterior, Wilson Park Apartments may not look any different than the dozens of other project housing units owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority but as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving. During after-school hours, from three to six, sounds of sung harmonies and rhythmic raps being composed can be heard coming from […]

 By Charlotte Jacobson and Skye Leppo

Point Breeze: Residents Raise Concerns Over CHOP Renovation of Free Library

Point Breeze: Residents Raise Concerns Over CHOP Renovation of Free Library

The South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be renovated soon as a community contribution from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) but it seems not all residents in the area are ecstatic about the plans. On Oct. 28, the third in a series of community meetings regarding the plans for renovation […]

 Skye Leppo and Charlotte Jacobson

Point Breeze: Sidewalk Parking Prohibition Irks Residents

Point Breeze: Sidewalk Parking Prohibition Irks Residents

If one issue which plagues the entire city exists, it’s parking. Due to the Philadelphia Parking Authority, recent enforcement of Pennsylvania State Law prohibiting parking on sidewalks, fury in South Philadelphia is rising as scooter and motorcycle owners face parking tickets while struggling to find safe places to store vehicles. “As more and more residents […]