Economy

 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 […]

 By Andrea DeSabato

Hunting Park: A Businessman Who Believes in More than Business

Hunting Park: A Businessman Who Believes in More than Business

Arty Elgart claims that if you ask the people who live near his automotive business what he sells they would have no clue. But Elgart is no stranger to the residents who live around 10th and Butler Streets in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. His familiar face is one the community knows is trustworthy and […]

 By Sande Friedman and Sydni Grant

Germantown: Historical Sites Feel Budget Cuts

Germantown: Historical Sites Feel Budget Cuts

Germantown is one of the best-preserved historical areas in the greater Philadelphia area. Home to 14 different historical sites, as well as one of the landmarks of Revolutionary War battles, walking around the area is taking a walk through American history. So when Gov. Ed Rendell proposed his 2009-2010 budget, which deleted museum assistance funding […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Olney: St. Paul is the Hand That Feeds

Olney: St. Paul is the Hand That Feeds

At the corner of Fifth and Nedro streets is St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Like many among the plethora of churches in Olney, regardless of faith, St. Paul’s has an ornate and somewhat old structure that many people pass without giving a second thought. However, it is what goes on behind the doors of St. Paul’s […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Philadelphia has long been an esteemed beer city dating back to the colonial times. Taverns and pubs were meeting places for revolutionaries. The tradition of immigrants finding community in pub life continued throughout the industrial boom – and not just in Brewerytown. In the late 1800s, there were over 100 breweries in the Kensington section […]

 By Meggan Kole

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

Through donations and volunteers, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) rescue aims to save as many unwanted animals as possible.  When the SPCA cannot hold anymore stray or abandoned animals, PAWS steps in and houses the often very sick and very old animals in order to save them from being killed. A few lookers popped […]

 By Aimee Otis

Northeast: Franklin Mills Mall Losing Sales, Stores

Northeast: Franklin Mills Mall Losing Sales, Stores

Norma Lodase has been working at the Kenneth Cole store in Franklin Mills Mall for about a year and has noticed quite a difference in the number of customers who have been coming in and out of the store. Although this mall in Philadelphia is still considered a tourist spot as one of the largest […]