Economy

 By Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: Local Businesses

Nicetown-Tioga: Local Businesses

[vimeo 20204248] Most people need nothing more than snacks, soda and cigarettes from their local corner grocery store. They don’t expect to find rows of fish laid out on mounds of ice, with pairs of beady round eyes peering through the glass display case. That is exactly what one will find at Wayne & Berkley […]

 By Trenae McDuffie

Walnut Hill: Reality of Rough Times

Walnut Hill: Reality of Rough Times

[vimeo 18394748] Making a critical decision to get a hair cut or pay a bill leaves many under close watch of how their money is spent. Current economic conditions are getting worse. Money has become tight for many people of Walnut Hill, but others have managed to find ways to modify budgets and create other […]

 By Megan Linkfield

Ludlow: Signs of Commercial Revitalization

Ludlow: Signs of Commercial Revitalization

[vimeo 18395160] If only Stephen Girard could see the avenue named in his honor back in the mid-1800s today, his reaction might be one of disappointment. Or at least surprise. Once considered one of the wealthiest men in Philadelphia, Girard was a successful merchant and businessman with big ambitions for the city.  After years of […]

 By Phil Coles

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

[vimeo 18391442] After decades of population and job losses, developers and community leaders have hope that Brewerytown can take advantage of its proximity to Center City to become a thriving area for small business owners.  New shops have begun moving into the neighborhood and with them, come more jobs. “The more people that live in […]

 By Andrew Wagner

Philadelphia’s Gateway to the Northwest

Philadelphia’s Gateway to the Northwest

[vimeo 18395153] A $20 million redevelopment project was announced Wednesday that will transform upper Ogontz Avenue into Philadelphia’s “Gateway to the Northwest.” The plan is to make the transition from the suburbs to the city an easy one. “It will basically make people who are unfamiliar with crossing over the line into the Philadelphia area […]

 By Phil Coles and Chris Banks

Revitalization in Brewerytown

Revitalization in Brewerytown

[vimeo 18391449] A small coffee house called Mugshots could be the catalyst to revitalize a long suffering area of North Philadelphia. With the help of a $50,000 government grant left over from some stimulus money earmarked for struggling neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Mugshots and development company MMPartners LLC, are spearheading an effort to revamp the West […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Non-Profit Efforts Spurring Economic Revitalization in Commercial Corridor

Kensington: Non-Profit Efforts Spurring Economic Revitalization in Commercial Corridor

[vimeo 18391229] The Philadelphia city government initiative known as “ReStoring Philadelphia’s Economic Corridors” has been active in helping revitalize certain community commercial corridors sections since 2007. When launched three years ago, then-Mayor John Street and City Council jointly pushed this effort towards re-establishing communities as safe places to work, shop and socialize. One of the […]

 By Josh Middleton and Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Residents Dish About Their Tax Returns

Germantown: Residents Dish About Their Tax Returns

[vimeo 18393301] Like many Americans, residents of Philadelphia’s Germantown section consider income tax season as the most dreaded time of year. In 2010, however, most U.S. citizens will enjoy an increased refund thanks to the Recovery Act recently implemented by the Obama Administration…and increase that pleases many in Germantown. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced […]

 By Megan Linkfield and Sandra Rollins

Ludlow: Investments Necessary to Improve Unemployment

Ludlow: Investments Necessary to Improve Unemployment

[vimeo 18395266] “There’s only so much I can do if they don’t even know how to click the mouse.” On a busy weekday afternoon at the Ramonita G. deRogriguez Branch of the Free Library located at 600 W. Girard Ave., Erik Eskin expresses his concerns with the overwhelming lack of self-sufficiency in Ludlow. As the […]

 By Taqiya Miller

Cedar Park: Acupuncture and Other Changes

Cedar Park: Acupuncture and Other Changes

[vimeo 18394731] Along Baltimore Avenue in the Cedar Park section of West Philadelphia a transformation is taking place. The avenue, which is at the center of the community, has begun to go through renovation due in large part to the attraction of new businesses both large and small to the neighborhood. Yet one section of […]