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 By Michael Bixler and Cary Gaul

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

Point Breeze is a neighborhood that has reached a crossroads of sorts. According to PlanPhilly.com, this South Philadelphia neighborhood has been officially re-certified as “blighted” by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. According to community planner David Knapton, 12 percent of the properties in the neighborhood are vacant lots. Point Breeze is also among three Philadelphia […]

 By Morgan Zalot and Stephen Zook

Mayfair: Community Braces for Possible Program Cuts

Mayfair: Community Braces for Possible Program Cuts

For Kim Wilson and her 5-year-old daughter Marian, the STARS Program housed at the John M. Perzel Community Center in Philadelphia’s Mayfair section provides a much needed support system for facing the struggles of a disability. “When you get a diagnosis for your child, there’s a whole process you go through in coming to terms […]

 By Michael Bixler and Cary Gaul

Snow Removal: An Ongoing Process

Snow Removal: An Ongoing Process

Philadelphia Neighborhoods went throughout the city to obtain reaction to Philadelphia’s efforts of clearing the snow from last week’s storms.

 By Rachel Hooper

Philadelphia Parking: Feeding the Meter Smartly

Philadelphia Parking: Feeding the Meter Smartly

If you park on the streets in Center City, there are two ways to feed the meter. You can drop in a hand full of quarters, or you can pay with a plastic Smart Card. The card is “smart” because varying amounts of money can be used and it will not add more than the […]

 By Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

The opening of the Germantown “White House,” which emphasizes the role of African-American slaves in President George Washington’s Philadelphia home, has created a controversy about who should tell the story. At a discussion and lecture on Thursday at Cliveden of the National Trust,  entitled, “Questions in Black History,” it was clear many Germantown residents are […]

 

Philadelphia: Election 2009

Philadelphia: Election 2009

Take a look at the coverage of the local elections at this site and view video.

 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 Sande Friedman and Sydni Grant

Germantown: Lengthy Construction Angers Locals

Germantown: Lengthy Construction Angers Locals

The detours on Germantown Avenue are unavoidable. All main street corners are decorated with stacked signs warning about construction, cars are forced off of the main road, and sidewalks lined with barriers. “My father walks with a cane and I have a 4-month-old baby,” lamented Lashonda Copeland as she maneuvered a stroller around Germantown Avenue. […]

 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

It’s a warm sunny day at Vernon Park in Germantown. Moms bring babies out in strollers to get some fresh air. But it doesn’t take long for wrappers and bottles to get caught in those stroller wheels. It’s obvious Vernon Park, like many other areas in Germantown, has a litter problem. The residents whose everyday […]

 By Casey Snyder, Julio Nunez and Mari Saito

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

It’s cleaning day in the Wilson-Heard home on Wagner Avenue. The father is using the vacuum upstairs, as 7-year-old Bryant runs down the stairs of the well-kept row home. “Mommy, can I pour my own cereal for breakfast?” They are the sounds that can be heard within any typical home on a Sunday morning, but […]