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 By: Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi

Flash Mobs: A New Social Phenomenon

Flash Mobs: A New Social Phenomenon

Flash mobs are usually considered harmless, defined as mass group activities. However, the activities have been taking a turn for the worse as of late. Young people filled South Street last Saturday night in what was the latest flash mob incident to turn violent in Philadelphia. It prompted area businesses to shut down early while […]

 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 […]

 By Cary Gaul and Michael Bixler

City Hall: Many Think Mayor’s Garbage Fee is Rubbish

City Hall: Many Think Mayor’s Garbage Fee is Rubbish

Mayor Nutter wants the people of Philadelphia to pay to have their garbage picked up, but that proposal faces some serious trash talking throughout the city. Two Facebook groups opposed to the proposed fees have already been created. One group, “I’m Against the Philly Trash and Soda Tax,” has over 7,000 members and urges its […]

 By Anna Palij and Matthew Pitts

Southwark: Historic Park Reinvigorated

Southwark: Historic Park Reinvigorated

With trees in bloom and birds chirping, dogs merrily walking and children happily playing, Jefferson Square Park would seem like any other neighborhood park in the city. But it has a history all its own. It did not begin as the perky park it appears to be now. No more than a decade ago, it […]

 By Belmo Mayers and Lauren Correia

Olney: Is Government Aid Enough for the Unemployed?

Olney: Is Government Aid Enough for the Unemployed?

Just a few short weeks ago, Olney’s PA CareerLink Center was bustling with activity, with many job-searching hopefuls lined up outside of its door and still more seated in the waiting room. Today, the office is almost a ghost town.

 By Lauren Gordon and Linda Lam

Walnut Hill: Messages on the Wall

Walnut Hill: Messages on the Wall

Throughout Philadelphia, murals brighten up neighborhoods and beautify industrial areas. However, for the residents of Walnut Hill the “writing on the wall” sometimes sends a controversial and confusing message to community members. On the 4800 block of Market Street, on the side of the first African-American nightclub in the area, a mural stains the walls […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein and Christian J. Clarke

Mill Creek: From One Generation of Men to the Next

Mill Creek: From One Generation of Men to the Next

People gather on the corner of 47th  and Brown streets. There are children playing on the Mill Creek playground. There are adults sitting on lawn chairs on the sidewalks. There are people riding bikes. There are people driving by. There is no crime. There is no drug dealing. There is no gunfire. In 2000, following […]

 By Jared Pass and Chelsea Leposa

Technology: Ex-Offenders Need Tech Training

Technology: Ex-Offenders Need Tech Training

“I’m an individual that wants to try and get ahead in life,” said Hymine, 53, an ex-felon who reentered society in 1992 after spending a year in prison for a drug possession. His story illustrates the difficulties and inequalities ex-offenders face upon returning to society. Hymine is a veteran.  He served in the Army and […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Conflicting Feelings on Progress in Latino Neighborhood

Kensington: Conflicting Feelings on Progress in Latino Neighborhood

Terrific is how Marcelino Esgailin describes Philadelphia’s Kensington community when he moved into that area in 1955 from Puerto Rico — a Caribbean island that many forget is a part of the United States. “It used to be good, but now it’s getting too much involved with drug dealers and things like that,” Esgailin observed. […]

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Germantown: A Changing, But Still Troubling, Landscape

Germantown: A Changing, But Still Troubling, Landscape

If you ever travel to the 400 block of East Haines Street in Germantown, you will find a neighborhood with many stories of its proud past as well as stories of the not-so-proud present. This block is not much different from many neighborhoods in Philadelphia that have experienced problems with crime, drugs and unemployment. Depending […]