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 By Christeen Vilbrun

Northeast Philadelphia: Veterans Face High Unemployment

Northeast Philadelphia: Veterans Face High Unemployment

Imagine risking your life for the country you love by joining the military. After serving your time overseas, you come back healthy and uninjured, with a job lined up and waiting for you. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many veterans who have served our country. The reality is that some soldiers returning to […]

 By Marco Dorazio and Shane Fox

Germantown: A Record Revival

Germantown: A Record Revival

[vimeo 20374403] [vimeo 20374450] For roughly a century, the primary medium to play back recorded sound was via the phonograph. Phonographs, which became vinyl records in the 1940s, are those large black discs your parents may have stored in crates in the attic. Over the last 50 years the medium was eventually replaced by tape […]

 By Evan Macy

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

[vimeo 18642380] It is not unusual to revisit an old neighborhood. Sometimes a sense of nostalgia drags people back to the places where it all began, and according to Allen Meyers, who grew up in Strawberry Mansion over 40 years ago, there are two types of returning visitors. “There are some people who are afraid,” […]

 By Jonathan Viguers and Nicole Volpicelli

Fairhill: Living a Homeless Life

Fairhill: Living a Homeless Life
 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

[vimeo 20332688] 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 […]

 Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

[vimeo 20332768] 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 […]

 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

[vimeo 20375212] 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 […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

[vimeo 20334870] 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 […]

 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 […]