Housing

 By Sacsheen Scott and Melissa Poe

Francisville: Thrift Store Stays Well Kept

Francisville: Thrift Store Stays Well Kept

In the neighborhood of Francisville, it is rare that many small businesses succeed. Once a place where popular stores and nightclubs thrived on Ridge Avenue, Francisville now stands desolate having maybe two or three stores on one single street. But one exception to the amount of stores left is Well Cut Thrift Store, established in […]

 By Irene Kipervasser and John 'Jay' Jones

Walnut Hill: Code Blue Remains in Effect

Walnut Hill: Code Blue Remains in Effect

As another week of frigid temperatures continues for Philadelphia, the city maintains its Code Blue status, not for the safety of its home-owning citizens, but for its homeless ones. Area shelters, usually only open for the night time hours, have opened their doors almost round the clock for the health and safety of dozens of […]

 By Kait Privitera and Eric Pellini

Kensington: Development Bringing In New Residents

Kensington: Development Bringing In New Residents

Click here for an interactive map featuring links to positive developments in Kensington. There are many reasons why new residents looking to move to Philadelphia are starting to consider Kensington as a viable option. Prospective residents are seeing it as a chance to move away from the other overpriced and overcrowded areas of the city […]

 

Kensington: Past, Present and Future

Kensington: Past, Present and Future

Factories and textile mills line the neighborhood’s streets. The owner of a local restaurant runs down the street to fill up on supplies. The number of those employed outweighs the number of those unemployed. Business is booming and food is on nearly every table. This was Kensington just over 50 years ago. Life in the […]

 By Brad Larrison and Lindsay Burgess

Brewerytown: Commercial Developments to Improve Quality of Life

Brewerytown: Commercial Developments to Improve Quality of Life

Ten years ago, West Girard Avenue looked like a completely different street. What used to be a sidewalk littered with vacant storefronts is now a budding commercial corridor where new businesses are cropping up left and right. “Walking up Girard Avenue a few years back, all you’d see were cell phone retailers and Chinese food […]

 By Lindsay Burgess and Brad Larrison

Strawberry Mansion: Residential Expansion Projects Replace Blight

Strawberry Mansion: Residential Expansion Projects Replace Blight

“I call this particular site here ‘one stop,’” Lenora Jackson-Evans beams from her seat at the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation’s conference table. “We try to do whatever we can for the neighborhood as a whole.” Jackson-Evans is the executive director of the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center (NAC), an organization that shares its headquarters […]

 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 Stacey Naughton

Logan: Housing Problems Continue Despite Location and Price

Logan: Housing Problems Continue Despite Location and Price

There have been 19 houses sold so far this year in the Logan neighborhood, and real estate agent Curt Gasper only expects sales to get better. With houses being sold as low as $10,000 it’s curious why more people aren’t flocking to Logan. Gasper says that since Logan is so close to Center City and […]

 By Brad Larrison and Lindsay Burgess

Strawberry Mansion: New Project Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhood

Strawberry Mansion: New Project Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhood

City and state officials gathered under a white canvas tent on the mud-covered corner of 31st and Diamond streets on Tuesday to celebrate the commencement of the Strawberry Mansion Townhomes project. The event featured an array of speakers including Mayor Michael Nutter, State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes and City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke. The turnout […]