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 By Lauren Gordon and Linda Lam

West Philadelphia: Artistic Views

West Philadelphia: Artistic Views

West Philadelphia: City’s Best Kept Art Secret [vimeo 18392452] When you walk up to the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum, it looks like any ordinary twin home on Hamilton Street in West Philadelphia. However, walk into the backyard, and it is as if you fell down the rabbit hole. Suddenly you are surrounded by a […]

 By Taqiya Miller

Cedar Park: Helping Families with Sick Relatives

Cedar Park: Helping Families with Sick Relatives

[vimeo 18394756] Many individuals who need specialized medical treatment are forced to travel long distances to receive that treatment. Time as well as cost of travel can place even more strain on patients and their families. Consequently countless individuals make the choice to find living accommodations close to their treatment facilities. However, the cost of […]

 By Kristen Harding and Douglas Fischer

Germantown: Community Hopes to Restore Town Hall

Germantown: Community Hopes to Restore Town Hall

Germantown Town Hall is sitting vacant at 5928 Germantown Ave., and it has been for the past 12 years, slowly deteriorating, the ground becoming littered with historic debris. What once served a great purpose in the town’s history is now collecting cobwebs, only to sit even longer, waiting for its value to be restored. People […]

 By Stephanie Wharton and Danielle Zimmerman

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

Older Residents Fear the Worst as Newcomers Move into Point Breeze [vimeo 18394704] “There was a time when a white person wouldn’t come into this neighborhood,” said Nick Reeves, laughing. “Except sometimes in a car, but even then they would lock the doors and drive fast until they were through.” Reeves has lived in Point […]

 By Rebecca Hale and Patrick McCloskey

Feltonville: Bereaved Mother Faces Endless Turmoil

Feltonville: Bereaved Mother Faces Endless Turmoil

[vimeo 18393122] Janice Brown still remembers what it felt like to hear the phone call that would change her life. She was told her daughter Latoya and granddaughter Rimanee were in a car accident. She fell to her knees and screamed, feeling the hot panic course through her veins. She found out later her other […]

 By Rachel Horning

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

[vimeo 18393641] Being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence. Just ask Jennifer Poole. Poole lives in Hunting Park and sees her HIV status as no big deal. “Some people let their disease carry them away to the point where it makes them sick. Most people I know who have any type of illness […]

 By Ben T. Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: New Building Will Better Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

Nicetown-Tioga: New Building Will Better Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

[vimeo 18394190] In a conversation with Jeff Graybill, the project engineer for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, his enthusiasm about his current undertaking is nothing less than contagious. Graybill is presently leading a construction site at 22nd and Venango streets in the Nicetown/Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia, and he’s excited about it. The building, being created […]

 By Charlie Lange and Ben Levy

Nicetown-Tioga: Welcoming Students as Neighbors, but Still Waiting

Nicetown-Tioga: Welcoming Students as Neighbors, but Still Waiting

[vimeo 18394190] Temple University’s brand new School of Medicine building may look shiny, fancy and full of activity on the outside, but Tioga businessman Andrei Soldatov said the inside is a whole different story. “It’s like a ghost building,” Soldatov said of the building’s interior. “It looks nice, but it’s almost empty.” Though he is […]

 By Michael Bixler

Philly Lolitas: Japanese Street Fashion

Philly Lolitas: Japanese Street Fashion

[vimeo 18392300] “Lolita” is a Japanese fashion subculture that blends Victorian-style clothing with real-life Japanese animation flair. The style’s origins are heavily debated within the community but gained  significant popularity in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in the early 1990s. The “Lolita” and “Goth Lolita” style have cultivated a substantial amount of  global exposure in the past decade […]

 By Jennifer Reardon and Maria Konidaris

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

[vimeo 18393058] During their patrols with the Mayfair Town Watch, John Vearling and Len Roberts heard the same complaints from residents over and over again. The owners of this property did not shovel their sidewalk when it snowed. This owner failed to maintain the lawn. The renters in this household would not put their trash […]