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 By Christine Fisher

North Philadelphia: Philadelphia Housing Authority Auction Upsets Residents

North Philadelphia: Philadelphia Housing Authority Auction Upsets Residents

Betsy Esteves was surprised to see the empty lot next to her home on North Third Street–a lot she fenced off, planted grass on, did some minor gardening in and has been struggling to purchase from the Philadelphia Housing Authority for years–among 400 properties listed for auction on Nov. 16. She was even more surprised […]

 By Christine Fisher

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Mayor Michael Nutter visited the construction site at the 40th Street bridge connecting Mantua and Parkside on Thursday afternoon. Nutter visited the site to promote the passage of the Rebuild America Jobs Act and support those involved in the 40th Street bridge construction project. Thursday was a significant day for both the Rebuild America Jobs […]

 By Alyssa Andrews

East Falls: Meeting Addressed Home Security Concerns

East Falls: Meeting Addressed Home Security Concerns

The Philadelphia Police’s 39th District hosted a neighborhood meeting Monday night to discuss safety and security due to a recent string of robberies in the district, which includes part of East Falls. About fifteen citizens gathered at the district’s office to learn about prevention options and voiced their concerns to Officer Joseph Lukaitis. “Everybody gets […]

 By Pamela Seaton and Kirsten Stamn

Northeast: Three Republican Candidates Fight for Council Seats

Northeast: Three Republican Candidates Fight for Council Seats

With the fall election season underway seven City Council At-Large candidates came together recently at the WHYY studio for a political debate that, considering the stakes of the upcoming election, was a testament to measured, thoughtful politics. With seven participants in attendance – five Republicans and two Democrats – the debate covered everything from Occupy […]

 By Cherri Gregg

Kensington: A Community Unites to Combat Blight

Kensington: A Community Unites to Combat Blight

Nearly a quarter of the land in Kensington is vacant.  No buildings, no structures, just grass, weeds or concrete.  This land, if left untended, becomes a magnet for trash, illegal dumping and crime. South Kensington—the portion of Kensington that runs from West Girard Avenue north to Berks Street and from Front Street west to Sixth […]

 By Ian Romano and Megan Paolini

Bustleton: Zoning Code vs. the Northeast

Bustleton: Zoning Code vs. the Northeast

Councilman Brian O’Neill and the Zoning Code Commission’s executive director argued over zoning regulations at Wednesday’s civic meeting. The draft is the first citywide revision of the zoning laws in 50 years. Executive Director Eva Gladstein said parts of the code may apply to the Northeast more than other areas. One of those issues is […]

 By Jennifer Lee and James Shields

Germantown: 8th District City Council Candidate Robin Tasco

Germantown: 8th District City Council Candidate Robin Tasco

Robin Tasco is one of the seven candidates running for the 8th District City Council seat. The Germantown resident describes herself as an honest, transparent, accessible and straightforward individual. Before getting involved in politics, Tasco was the 59th Ward block captain and committee person within her community. “Because I was a block captain, I already was […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Homeless Family Aid Faces Funding Cuts

Powelton Village: Homeless Family Aid Faces Funding Cuts

The People’s Emergency Center, located at 39th and Baring streets, dedicates each day to helping people and families in Philadelphia who are struggling with homelessness. It offers multiple programs including a GED program, emergency housing and other assistance. Melinda Brown, a workforce developer at People’s Emergency Center, has worked there for about a year and […]

 By Keith Collins

Strawberry Mansion: Philly Fights Childhood Obesity

Early in the morning at 28th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue a school crossing guard looked perplexed when asked where the corner store was. The look on her face seemed to ask, “Where isn’t there a corner store?” She pointed across the street. “Right there,” she said. Then she pointed back toward 27th Street. […]

 By Ian Romano

Northeast: Mayfair Saw Millions in State Funding Last Decade; Neighbors Envious

Northeast: Mayfair Saw Millions in State Funding Last Decade; Neighbors Envious

About $10.6 million was funneled directly to the Mayfair Community Development Corp. since 2000, granted from the State Department of Community and Economic Development, according to its website. Much of it went into street cleaning and senior citizen programs. The document states $800,000 was used toward the Devon Theater. The same state department gave the […]

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