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 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Underground Transportation Above Ground

Fairhill: Underground Transportation Above Ground

“Cab….cab…. cab…” Looking around, you may not see a yellow sedan or hear the familiar screech and stop and hasty honk of a commercial cab company. There may no rooftop light or fare meter, perhaps only a simple four-door unmarked sedan. But you will hear is the same word over and over. This is the […]

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: Don’t Own a Car? It’s SEPTA for You

Nicetown-Tioga: Don’t Own a Car? It’s SEPTA for You

Not many in Nicetown or Tioga can say their neighborhood doesn’t have multiple options when it comes to public transportation from SEPTA. All Regional Rail lines, except the R4, crisscross the neighborhood like a deformed tic-tac-toe board. Buses constantly crawl across various streets in the neighborhood. SEPTA’s CCT Connect for disabled riders is also in […]

 By Candice Walker

Walnut Hill: It’s an “El-ebration!”

Walnut Hill: It’s an “El-ebration!”

Comfort. Elegance. Convenience. These are hardly adjectives one would typically use to describe a ride on the Market subway line. But SEPTA is hoping that will change for commuters in West Philadelphia. On Sept. 12, SEPTA officials, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and over 300 community members, gathered to celebrate the end of the Market East Elevated […]

 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

Olney: Roots Community Garden Pitches in at Annual Health and Safety Festival

Olney: Roots Community Garden Pitches in at Annual Health and Safety Festival

Across from Fisher Park, the sound of a bass guitar and the smell of barbecue fill the air. Attendees of the second annual Family Health and Safety Festival slowly mill back and forth through the booths set up along both sides of West Spencer Street. Some stop and chat with the volunteers sitting behind the […]

 By Sean Supplee and Christeen Vilbrun

Northeast Philly: Bikes Worth Every Penny in the Park

Northeast Philly: Bikes Worth Every Penny in the Park

For over 100 years Pennypack Park has provided Philadelphians with a place to do numerous activities. One can walk, jog, roller blade, play a game of baseball or simply just relax and enjoy nature. The park, which covers almost 1,400 acres, is part of the Fairmount Park system. It is one of the most popular […]

 By Emily Freisher and Samantha J. Williams

Mantua: Transportation Assistance Provided for Elderly Residents

Mantua: Transportation Assistance Provided for Elderly Residents

Public transportation for the elderly residents of Mantua and Parkside can be a struggle to find. Handicaps make taking local buses and trolleys run by South Eastern Philadelphia Transit Authority (SEPTA), a struggle. Further, with over 40 percent of the area living below the poverty line, affordable alternatives are difficult to come by. Seniors in […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter

Philly Kids Left on Streets Without Curfew Centers

Philly Kids Left on Streets Without Curfew Centers

David Seng has seen a lot of children out during the middle of the night on the streets of Philadelphia. On average, he says, the number is about 12, and each story is different. “The usual excuse was they were out to pick up Chinese food, and then when you smell them, you know they’ve […]

 By Marco Dorazio

Southwest Philadelphia: The Watermelon Man

Southwest Philadelphia: The Watermelon Man

Elijah Carter, or “The Watermelon Man” as locals know him, presents a memorable display around an old van loaded with whole melons ready for sale on the corner of 84th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard. Passing through you would likely notice the scene. Carter sometimes dons a large sombrero to escape the summer sun and his […]

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Philadelphians: Prepare Yourselves!

Philadelphians: Prepare Yourselves!

It’s the second week of September and you know what that means don’t you? It’s just past the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the peak of hurricane season and one week closer to the beginning of the ever-dreaded flu season. But don’t worry–it’s National Preparedness Month! Last week, Mayor Nutter and other city […]

 By LaToya Allen

Center City: Free Beer

Center City: Free Beer

Free beer! That’s the promise at Bar-Now.com. It is not your typical social networking site. Similar to the other sites, users sign up for free with a valid e-mail address and are then provided with their own profiles where they can add friends and leave comments. Despite those similarities, there is one key aspect that […]