Government

 By Brittany Miller

Hunting Park: Vacant Lot Leads to Cleanup and Frustration

Hunting Park: Vacant Lot Leads to Cleanup and Frustration

After 20 years of what residents are calling abandonment, Catalina Hunter, One Hope Community Church, United Way and local residents decided it was time to make use of the vacant lot. Within a year, this group devised a plan to get the 1.5 acres of land into shape on the 4400 block of Fourth Street. […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

  The difficult issues of Germantown Settlement and its subsidiary Greater Germantown Housing Development Corp. (GGHDC) have been playing out in bankruptcy court like a bloodless coup d’état. The non-profit monopoly is being dismantled with apparently no recourse to restructure. Most recently, Chief Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Raslavich ruled that Germantown Settlement and GGHDC would […]

 By Brad Larrison

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

A storefront, a banquet hall, an auto tag store and even private homes provide a venues for residents to vote in Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown. These polling places may be less traditional than the public schools or community centers voters are accustomed to. However, there is no reason to believe that the venue would effect […]

 By Lindsay Burgess and Brad Larrison

Strawberry Mansion: Councilman Clarke Tackles Urban Blight

Strawberry Mansion: Councilman Clarke Tackles Urban Blight

City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke’s office, a small, plain space found on the fourth floor of City Hall, is a bustling hub of activity. Staff members and concerned constituents shuffle in and out of the tall, narrow wooden doors while Clarke sits in a meeting just a room away. Melvin Smith and Zenobia Harris, two […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker and Josh Fernandez

Germantown: State Rep. John Myers

Germantown: State Rep. John Myers

State Rep. John Myers, a Democrat from the 201st District, and his campaign team are preparing for the race against Republican candidate Joseph Messa, an attorney in Philadelphia and Temple University alum. Myers has been the incumbent in the district since 1995. On Oct. 11, Meyers and the Center in the Park held a health […]

 By Brittany Miller and Kenneth Marone

Hunting Park: Park Plays Important Role in Local Campaigns

Hunting Park: Park Plays Important Role in Local Campaigns

The Hunting Park Master Plan is a drawn diagram resting in the second floor conference room of the Hunting Park Recreation Center. To the people of Hunting Park the illustration is more than a poster of green dots and brown squares. It’s a sign, a message of hope. It’s a vision into the future of […]

 By Taara Savage-El and Andy Sharpe

Northeast: Open House for Proposed Zoning Code

Northeast: Open House for Proposed Zoning Code

At a 10th City Council District open house for the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, Northeast Philadelphia residents thought certain aspects of the code rewrite would negatively affect their neighborhoods, while other parts would be beneficial. Northeast residents were especially unhappy that the reform discussed legalizing the practice of converting single-family homes into duplexes or triplexes, […]

 By Tara Moore and Jessica Arnold

West Philadelphia: A Bomb Resonates 25 Years Later

West Philadelphia: A Bomb Resonates 25 Years Later

The mere mention of the name MOVE often unleashes intense emotions across Philadelphia. However, for an organization frequently dominating the attention of police, city officials and the news media during the past three decades, precious little is actually known about MOVE. While many have heard the name MOVE, few realize that the title for this […]

 By Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and Danielle Mauro

Port Richmond: No Room for Pools

Port Richmond: No Room for Pools

An empty, 40-ounce bottle of Hurricane beer lays poolside at Monkiewicz Recreation Center in Port Richmond. This empty beer bottle is another sign of the lack of funding Philadelphia’s public swimming pools receive, impacting a range of things from simple clean-up to staying open during summer months. According to the “City Budget Breakdown,” only one […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein and Christian J. Clarke

West Philadelphia: Tough Winter Brings More Potholes

West Philadelphia: Tough Winter Brings More Potholes

The next and newest battle drivers face after the long winter of severe weather conditions are the potholes plaguing the city streets as the rainy months of spring have begun. In West Philadelphia, drivers complain that Market, Walnut and Chestnut streets are both the busiest roads in the area and the most problematic where potholes […]