Housing

 By John 'Jay' Jones and Irene Kipervasser

Walnut Hill: Windermere Residents Continue the Fight to Reclaim Property

Walnut Hill: Windermere Residents Continue the Fight to Reclaim Property

It has been little over a month since a five-alarm fire on Jan. 10 ripped through the Windermere Court Apartments on 48th and Market, destroying the upper floors of the former residential complex and leaving residents and locals alike scrambling to recover from this sudden and tragic disaster. “I walk this way everyday to class,” […]

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: 16th and Poplar Project Almost Finished

Francisville: 16th and Poplar Project Almost Finished

The Francisville East development at 16th and Poplar streets is nearly finished, developers said. Community Ventures, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, broke ground on the project last February – a time when construction projects were at a standstill all over the city. Developers are confident the project will be completed by March. Francisville East includes […]

 By Amanda Gregory and Andrew Lecointe

South Philadelphia: Making Your Home Better

South Philadelphia: Making Your Home Better

The South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) held a general members meeting Wednesday night to discuss better energy alternatives for your home. Kate Ryan, project coordinator with the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) and David Staller from Mercury Solar Systems were guest speakers at the meeting. Ryan and Staller are both new residents to the South […]

 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. […]