Economy

 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 […]

 By Shane Fox

Mount Airy: Market Promotes Healthy Ways

Mount Airy: Market Promotes Healthy Ways

[local /files/2009/11/fa0905germantown_wwco-op.mov] The Weaver’s Way Co-op is a community-owned market in Mount Airy. Among other things, the co-op has committed itself to addressing the epidemic of childhood obesity throughout northwest Philadelphia and does so through its Marketplace Program. The Marketplace Program is a partnership between Weaver’s Way and local area schools to recreate cooperative markets, […]

 By Ryan Ruth and Marissa Murtaugh

Hunting Park: Los Brothers Is Home

Hunting Park: Los Brothers Is Home

Los Brothers Barber Shop is just like ordinary barber shops…sort of. The shop lies on the corner of Fifth and Hunting Park, rectangular in shape, like a box.  It holds seven chairs, split on two adjacent walls, a barber manning each one. Clad in blue smocks, the barbers check their work in the mirrors that […]

 By Jenn Matusiak and Melanie Menkevich

Fishtown: Vegan Anyone?

Fishtown: Vegan Anyone?

Fishtown’s old souls brew Folgers and dip their sugary doughnuts in a coffee cup full of whole milk and granulated white sugar. Other Fishtowners take a more dietary-conscious approach.  They see this morning ritual as a lifestyle choice and expect more from their daily wakeup routines.  Their doughnuts are made with flaxseed and soy rather […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Fresh Ink

Fairhill: Fresh Ink

Valedan sits on an empty bucket once filled with Spackle.  He picks a paint-splattered fold up table from the floor and sets it to his right.  A big screen TV is hung on the wall to his left and a massage chair acts as a living room couch. He rests his razors and drawing pencil […]

 By Emily Freisher and Samantha Williams

Mantua: Farming Provides Locals with Fresh Produce

Mantua: Farming Provides Locals with Fresh Produce

A bright spot sprouts amidst a string of deteriorating row homes lining Brown Street in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia. The fresh patch of greenery located on the corner of 49th Street, known familiarly as Millcreek Farm, contrasts directly with the burnt chestnut coloring of the aged houses on the opposing corner. The once vacant […]

 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

Olney: Roots Community Garden Pitches in at Annual Health and Safety Festival

Olney: Roots Community Garden Pitches in at Annual Health and Safety Festival

Across from Fisher Park, the sound of a bass guitar and the smell of barbecue fill the air. Attendees of the second annual Family Health and Safety Festival slowly mill back and forth through the booths set up along both sides of West Spencer Street. Some stop and chat with the volunteers sitting behind the […]

 By Marco Dorazio

Southwest Philadelphia: The Watermelon Man

Southwest Philadelphia: The Watermelon Man

Elijah Carter, or “The Watermelon Man” as locals know him, presents a memorable display around an old van loaded with whole melons ready for sale on the corner of 84th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard. Passing through you would likely notice the scene. Carter sometimes dons a large sombrero to escape the summer sun and his […]

 By Wendy Borst and Justin Finneran

Olney: Mann Funeral Home Celebrates 100 Years in Business

Olney: Mann Funeral Home Celebrates 100 Years in Business

In looking back at a century of service to Philadelphians, history shows that the Mann family profession began as one small and ambitious service. Yet by staying committed to a philosophy of providing the finest level of service available, the business has grown into a proud tradition capable of performing all necessary functions for families […]