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 By Rachel Horning and Whitney Crawford

Hunting Park: An Incident on Eighth Street

Hunting Park: An Incident on Eighth Street

Dave Coit wears sunglasses on cloudy days. He favors his left side when he walks. And he is missing a tooth from the right side of his mouth. These are all ailments from a beating he received courtesy of a group of Philadelphia police officers in June 2006. Many of his neighbors and friends watched […]

 By Trenae McDuffie

Walnut Hill: The Barber Shop and the Community

Walnut Hill: The Barber Shop and the Community

Keeping edges sharp and cuts crisp, Universal Cutz is the popular barbershop of the neighborhood.  The shop is located on 42nd and Baltimore Avenue.  This social center builds bonds between men from diverse backgrounds. African American, Caucasian, Indian, Vietnamese and Russian men get cuts or hang out for entertaining conversation.  Most of the diverse demographics […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Pete Dorchak

South Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Arts in the City of Boxing

South Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Arts in the City of Boxing

The chain-link cage doors are locked shut. A hush falls over the arena. The referee gives the signal. Two warriors collide in the center of the cage. The cheering of the crowd punctuates every thud of flesh hitting flesh. Mixed martial arts have a new home in Philadelphia. Matrix Fights held their inaugural event on […]

 By Lauren Gordon and Linda Lam

Walnut Hill: A Community Connection

Walnut Hill: A Community Connection

To live on the 4600 block of Locust Street in Walnut Hill in West Philadelphia is to know tradition and to appreciate continuity. Walter and Marjorie Livingston have been living on this very street since 1951. Walter, an architect with two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and his wife were first attracted by the […]

 By Kristen Harding and Douglas Fischer

Germantown: School Adds Sustainable Science Center

Germantown: School Adds Sustainable Science Center

This past September, the Germantown Friends Upper School welcomed an eco-friendly addition to its campus. The Sustainable Urban Science Center, located on Coulter Avenue, is exactly what its name suggests. During the construction process, the school always kept its Quaker values in mind, including commitment to community and stewardship. It was constructed with mostly sustainable […]

 By Bryant Maddrick

Philadelphia Cell Phone Ban

Philadelphia Cell Phone Ban

No matter where you drive throughout Philadelphia, chances are you’re going to see a motorist on the phone. With a statewide effort in place to ban cell phone use while behind the wheel, Philadelphia’s law is showing signs of success. The ban, which targets the use of a wireless telephone while driving, has been enforced […]

 By Maria Konidaris and Jennifer Reardon

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

Jean Pleis volunteers with Lawncrest’s Fourth of July Celebration Committee because her father, Gene Mansdoerfer, or “Mr. Olney,” did the same in his community. “He got me involved right away and drilled the Fourth of July into me,” Pleis said. “I wish I could do more in his memory to honor him.” Gary Weaver, the […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Partnership Bringing Green Development

Kensington: Partnership Bringing Green Development

If there’s one thing the New Kensington Community Development Corp. (NKCDC) wants you to know it’s the fact that it’s an exciting time to live in the evolving neighborhood of East Kensington. The organization has emerged as an important fixture in the area ushering in important and effective community programs. Now the NKCDC is partnering […]

 By Leah Mafrica and Andrea Marr

Fairhill: Art Sparks Cultural Connections

Fairhill: Art Sparks Cultural Connections

Taller Puertorriqueño operates out of a skinny building in the heart of Fairhill’s typically buzzing Fifth Street, surrounded by various food stops, barbershops, apartment buildings and laundromats standard in urban neighborhoods. But Taller looks different than the rest. Positioned at the end of a line of brick buildings, Taller takes advantage of the exposed brick […]

 By Maureen Costello and Mary Coyle

Mantua: West Philadelphia Community Center Enriching Young Minds

Mantua: West Philadelphia Community Center Enriching Young Minds

The innocent chatter of a group of elementary age children spills out of a colorful room filled with bookshelves and play mats. Dressed in smocks and wielding paintbrushes, they splash colors on to blank sheets of paper laid out on tables. In another room, an older group sits on the floor and listens intently to […]