Government

 By Ian Romano

Mayfair: Boyle Looks to Keep Community Center Running

Mayfair: Boyle Looks to Keep Community Center Running

As the freshman state House member addressed a campaign stand he made in the fall, Rep. Kevin Boyle said he will do his best to keep Mayfair’s community institutions alive. “Mayfair is the heart of Northeast Philly,” Boyle said. “We can’t have a strong Northeast Philly without having a strong Mayfair.” The 172nd District’s representative […]

 By Ian Romano

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Bob Dillon may look rusty, but the 68-year-old pitcher said he still has a lot of fight left. He and his teammates work out at the John M. Perzel Community Center every Friday in the winter to warm up for the Philadelphia Senior Softball League season. “We’ve been coming here for a couple of years […]

 By Maria Zankey

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Frank Peterson interacts with patrons of the Free Library System on a daily basis. Peterson, the head of the newspapers and magazines department at the Northeast Regional Branch, has been working at the second-largest branch of the Free Library near the intersection of Cottman and Bustleton avenues for more than 30 years. “I’m an old-timer,” […]

 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, […]