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 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

How does the old adage go? Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes? It is hard to image a saying more fitting for homeowners going through mortgage delinquency and foreclosure. For many, it is hard to imagine the possibility of losing a home to foreclosure and the constant anxiety that […]

 Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. While sifting through the mail, they notice those huge, foreboding letters staring back at them. Foreclosure. The word hits them like a punch to the gut. Their face goes flush. They can almost feel the blood rushing down their legs. Their heart stops momentarily, then begins to pound like a […]

 By Jonathan Viguers and Nicole Volpicelli

Fairhill: Homeless

Fairhill: Homeless

William Anderson Payne is under the bridge at Second and Indiana avenues. He stands beside freight tracks in a makeshift bedroom. The bed has risers and a headboard. Someone has managed to pull a garden hose under the bridge. Water gushes from the hose and under it lies old toothbrushes and needles made muddy in […]

 By Melanie Menkevich and Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Artist Sketches the Neighborhood’s History

Fishtown: Artist Sketches the Neighborhood’s History

Sketches of Fishtown, an art project aimed at fighting gentrification and highlighting the positives in Fishtown, is Jeff Kilpatrick’s gift to his neighborhood. “A lot of things were changing in the neighborhood and a lot of new people were moving in and a lot our old neighbors were moving out,” said Kilpatrick.  “[I wanted] to […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

Brewerytown’s real estate power struggle has been burning hot for about five years now. But recently the neighborhood’s renaissance has been stalled, leaving new buyers and long-time residents left wondering if the new found interest in their North Philadelphia neighborhood was a false alarm or the prelude to something bigger? Over the last 10 years […]

 By Raymond Andrews and Katie Annesley

Germantown: Testing the Waters

Germantown: Testing the Waters

A retired chemist and his volunteer group in Germantown prove that you are never too old to make an impact on the community. The Center in the Park Senior Environment Corps (CIPSEC), located at Germantown’s Vernon Park at 5818 Germantown Ave., is a voluntary organization that works to monitor and educate the people about watersheds […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Strawberry Mansion: Battling Vacancy

Strawberry Mansion: Battling Vacancy

In Strawberry Mansion housing runs the gambit from centuries old, protected historic mansions to the vacant, burnt-out shells of abandoned residences. The neighborhood also offers a nearly three-mile stretch of scenic and leisurely driving on Kelly Drive following the Schuylkill River’s eastern bank through Fairmount Park with views of some of the oldest homes in […]

 By LaToya Allen

Kensington: A Different Approach to Health Care

Kensington: A Different Approach to Health Care

When most people think of receiving adequate health care, they tend to only think of maintaining their physical health. Esperanza Health Center takes it one step further and focuses on more than just the physical aspect of health care by taking into consideration the emotional and spiritual well-being of its patients. Esperanza Health Center is […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter and Ayisha Arshad

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

President of Historic Germantown David Young can give several reasons why Germantown is the most historic neighborhood in America: the Battle of Germantown in 1777, the first protest against slavery in 1688 and the first European-language Bible published in America. Perhaps the least well-known reason is when prominent African Americans, including civil rights activist W.E.B. […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

The current budget passed by the commonwealth left the Philadelphia School District looking at a $178 million gap. Fernando Gallard, the director of media relations for the district, says that cuts will be made in operating costs, not in the budgets of the schools themselves. He explained that jobs would be shuffled around, basically realigning the […]