Point Breeze

 By Skye Leppo and Charlotte Jacobson

Point Breeze: Philadelphia Arts Market in the Works

Point Breeze: Philadelphia Arts Market in the Works

Turning trash into treasure only happens on HGTV, right? Wrong. Elisabeth Garson, a South Philadelphia copywriter, saw potential for the otherwise vast waste of land at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Ave. At a Sept. 17 meeting with the South Broad Street Neighbors Association, Garson successfully rallied for her vision: The Philadelphia Arts Market. […]

 By Charlotte Jacobson and Skye Leppo

Point Breeze: Tensions Rise in Point Breeze as OCF Investigates Vandalism Charges

Point Breeze: Tensions Rise in Point Breeze as OCF Investigates Vandalism Charges

Point Breeze is abuzz with gossip and talk of change as gentrification continues to rile up residents. The emergence of the Point Breeze Organizing Committee (PBOC), spearheaded by long-time residents Gary Broderick and Mindy Isser, spurred enough interest among concerned locals to organize a protest scheduled for Saturday, August 24th. The protest, called “The March for […]

 By Skye Leppo and Charlotte Jacobson

Point Breeze: Councilman Johnson Celebrates New School Year with Annual Backpack Giveaway

Point Breeze: Councilman Johnson Celebrates New School Year with Annual Backpack Giveaway

Parents and children happily gathered outside 2nd District City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office at 16th and Wharton streets last Saturday morning as the councilman and his entourage distributed backpacks to eager students, from preschoolers to high school students. Councilman Johnson, a native of South Philadelphia, stressed the importance of approaching this school year on a positive note […]

 By Megan Schmidt, Sarah Marino and Jonah Martinson

South of South: Outside at Odunde

South of South: Outside at Odunde

Each year up to 500,000 people gather in South of South Street Philadelphia to celebrate the annual Odunde festival. The Odunde festival covers over 12-city blocks and is packed with vendors, musicians and food stands selling hand crafted jewelry, sculptures and artwork. The festival is hosted by Odunde, Inc., a cultural organization which works to […]

 By Samantha Byles and Andrea Jordan

South Philadelphia: Groups Convene First Neighborhood Leadership Conference

South Philadelphia: Groups Convene First Neighborhood Leadership Conference

Leaders and members of several organizations in South Philadelphia and around Greater Philadelphia met recently at the Mummers Museum, 1102 S. Second St., for the first Neighborhood Leadership Conference. “It’s a conversation between and among people who are trying to do good for the community,” host Ed Kirlin said. Kirlin, a member of the Pennsport […]

 By Andrea Lorenzo and Aden Gideon

Point Breeze: Newbold Civic Association Devoted to Keeping Neighborhood Safe and Clean

Point Breeze: Newbold Civic Association Devoted to Keeping Neighborhood Safe and Clean

In the heart of South Philadelphia lies a small yet dedicated neighborhood organization. The Newbold Civic Association, formed in 2006, was created to serve as a forum for residents to share their concerns and interests toward bettering their community. The Newbold neighborhood is part of the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia. In recent years, residents […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

Bella Vista: Pop’s Water Ice Stands Strong

Bella Vista: Pop’s Water Ice Stands Strong

Water ice and soft pretzels are not only a match made in heaven but also one of the first signs of spring to many Philadelphians.  Pop’s Water Ice, located at 1337 Oregon Ave., has been serving customers for 79 years. “My great-grandfather, who was an immigrant from Italy, walked around with a pushcart. He carted […]

 By Sheila Kane

Point Breeze: Diversified Community Services

Point Breeze: Diversified Community Services

Thirty pairs of hopeful eyes gazed up at Mitch Little with anticipation as he cracked open the first pages of a children’s book. Surrounded by press and unfamiliar dignitaries of the South Philadelphia area, this high school sophomore volunteered his time to read to the children of the community. Years later, Little is planning a […]

 By Stephanie Wharton and Danielle Zimmerman

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

Older Residents Fear the Worst as Newcomers Move into Point Breeze “There was a time when a white person wouldn’t come into this neighborhood,” said Nick Reeves, laughing. “Except sometimes in a car, but even then they would lock the doors and drive fast until they were through.” Reeves has lived in Point Breeze for […]

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