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 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 […]

 By Kristina Leon and Chesney Davis

Allegheny/Strawberry Mansion: After a Century, Library Still Serves its Community

Allegheny/Strawberry Mansion: After a Century, Library Still Serves its Community

On Lehigh Avenue between 28th and 29th streets, countless people scurry back and forth past several row homes, a familiar sight on countless blocks all over North Philadelphia. But nestled in between houses clearly wrought with years of wear and history people also pass a massive building whose outside shows no visible signs of age. […]

 By Michael Bixler and Cary Gaul

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

Point Breeze is a neighborhood that has reached a crossroads of sorts. According to PlanPhilly.com, this South Philadelphia neighborhood has been officially re-certified as “blighted” by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. According to community planner David Knapton, 12 percent of the properties in the neighborhood are vacant lots. Point Breeze is also among three Philadelphia […]

 By Chris Banks and Phil Coles

Strawberry Mansion: A Glimpse of 27th and Arizona

Strawberry Mansion: A Glimpse of 27th and Arizona

The 2700 block of Arizona Street is just another block in Strawberry Mansion. No stores, no thugs, no drugs…and hardly any houses. Twenty years ago it was nothing like this. Even 10 years ago, it was nothing like this. Yes, but of course there was other drama. The connection streets of 27th and York were […]

 By Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi

Fighting Hunger in Philadelphia

Fighting Hunger in Philadelphia

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger is doing all it can to fight hunger in Philadelphia. Hunger is a big problem in Philadelphia as more than one in four residents is considered at risk for hunger. Half of these residents are children or senior citizens. The organization fights hunger though education, outreach and advocacy. “We […]