Economy

 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 […]

 By Belmo Mayers and Lauren Correia

Olney: Is Government Aid Enough for the Unemployed?

Olney: Is Government Aid Enough for the Unemployed?

Just a few short weeks ago, Olney’s PA CareerLink Center was bustling with activity, with many job-searching hopefuls lined up outside of its door and still more seated in the waiting room. Today, the office is almost a ghost town.

 By Noelle Kearns and Bennett Snyder

Southwest Philadelphia: Neighborhood Heroes

Southwest Philadelphia: Neighborhood Heroes

[vimeo 18391548] Many blocks in Southwest Philadelphia are lined with ethnic grocery stores, fast food chains, shopping complexes, beauty and hair supply stores and homes. What the average person sometimes overlooks when exploring this neighborhood is the small, plain white building on the residential block of 63rd and Paschall Avenue that helps many of these […]

 By Anna Hyclak

Northern Liberties: Small Businesses Coping with Recession

Northern Liberties: Small Businesses Coping with Recession

[vimeo 18393495] The buzz surrounding the project helped attract a diverse group of more than 30 small businesses to the Piazza’s commercial space, including restaurants, galleries, boutiques and a record store. But when the Piazza finally opened on May 16, 2009, Philadelphia was in the heat of a recession. The unemployment rate soared to a […]

 By Morgan Zalot

Frankford: Owners Look to Increase Business with Façade Improvement

Frankford: Owners Look to Increase Business with Façade Improvement

[vimeo 18391225] Fernando Torres has more than an aesthetic reason for wanting to improve the look of his Frankford tattoo parlor. “Cars hit the building a few times,” Torres, who also owns a women’s boutique next door to the parlor, said. “I want to get a steel structure in front to protect it.” Torres opened […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

[vimeo 20334870] Brewerytown’s real estate power struggle has been burning hot for about five years now. But recently the neighborhood’s renaissance has been stalled, leaving new buyers and long-time residents left wondering if the new found interest in their North Philadelphia neighborhood was a false alarm or the prelude to something bigger? Over the last […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Strawberry Mansion: Battling Vacancy

Strawberry Mansion: Battling Vacancy

In Strawberry Mansion housing runs the gambit from centuries old, protected historic mansions to the vacant, burnt-out shells of abandoned residences. The neighborhood also offers a nearly three-mile stretch of scenic and leisurely driving on Kelly Drive following the Schuylkill River’s eastern bank through Fairmount Park with views of some of the oldest homes in […]

 By Ayisha Arshad

Nicetown: Development Aims to Bring Businesses and Community Together

Nicetown: Development Aims to Bring Businesses and Community Together

Sitting on a patch of neatly trimmed grass on Germantown Avenue is a green sign carved with golden letters, which reads “Nicetown: Putting the nice back in ‘The Town.’” Though the motto doesn’t boast much creativity, it holds a lot of meaning, particularly for the people living there. “We have a lot of dreams and […]