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 By Kristen Harding and Douglas Fischer

Germantown: Community Hopes to Restore Town Hall

Germantown: Community Hopes to Restore Town Hall

Germantown Town Hall is sitting vacant at 5928 Germantown Ave., and it has been for the past 12 years, slowly deteriorating, the ground becoming littered with historic debris. What once served a great purpose in the town’s history is now collecting cobwebs, only to sit even longer, waiting for its value to be restored. People […]

 By Stephanie Wharton and Danielle Zimmerman

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

Older Residents Fear the Worst as Newcomers Move into Point Breeze “There was a time when a white person wouldn’t come into this neighborhood,” said Nick Reeves, laughing. “Except sometimes in a car, but even then they would lock the doors and drive fast until they were through.” Reeves has lived in Point Breeze for […]

 By Rebecca Hale and Patrick McCloskey

Feltonville: Bereaved Mother Faces Endless Turmoil

Feltonville: Bereaved Mother Faces Endless Turmoil

Janice Brown still remembers what it felt like to hear the phone call that would change her life. She was told her daughter Latoya and granddaughter Rimanee were in a car accident. She fell to her knees and screamed, feeling the hot panic course through her veins. She found out later her other granddaughter Aailayah […]

 By Rachel Horning

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

Being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence. Just ask Jennifer Poole. Poole lives in Hunting Park and sees her HIV status as no big deal. “Some people let their disease carry them away to the point where it makes them sick. Most people I know who have any type of illness just keep […]

 By Ben T. Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: New Building Will Better Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

Nicetown-Tioga: New Building Will Better Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

In a conversation with Jeff Graybill, the project engineer for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, his enthusiasm about his current undertaking is nothing less than contagious. Graybill is presently leading a construction site at 22nd and Venango streets in the Nicetown/Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia, and he’s excited about it. The building, being created by the […]

 By Charlie Lange and Ben Levy

Nicetown-Tioga: Welcoming Students as Neighbors, but Still Waiting

Nicetown-Tioga: Welcoming Students as Neighbors, but Still Waiting

Temple University’s brand new School of Medicine building may look shiny, fancy and full of activity on the outside, but Tioga businessman Andrei Soldatov said the inside is a whole different story. “It’s like a ghost building,” Soldatov said of the building’s interior. “It looks nice, but it’s almost empty.” Though he is not affiliated […]

 By Michael Bixler

Philly Lolitas: Japanese Street Fashion

Philly Lolitas: Japanese Street Fashion

“Lolita” is a Japanese fashion subculture that blends Victorian-style clothing with real-life Japanese animation flair. The style’s origins are heavily debated within the community but gained  significant popularity in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in the early 1990s. The “Lolita” and “Goth Lolita” style have cultivated a substantial amount of  global exposure in the past decade after Phaidon […]

 By Jennifer Reardon and Maria Konidaris

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

During their patrols with the Mayfair Town Watch, John Vearling and Len Roberts heard the same complaints from residents over and over again. The owners of this property did not shovel their sidewalk when it snowed. This owner failed to maintain the lawn. The renters in this household would not put their trash outside at […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Peter Dorchak

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Sitting in the courtroom after her cousin was murdered, Rose Middleton told the shooter that she forgave him. Middleton’s cousin, Robert Selvy, was 53 when he was murdered by someone who lived just a few streets down from him in 1997. Selvy was working to put his son through college. “It was open season on […]

 By Megan Linkfield

Ludlow: Senior Housing Creates a Community

Ludlow: Senior Housing Creates a Community

A van pulls up at a side door of a large concrete structure and 10 petite, mostly gray- and white-haired women, each with her hands full, emerge from behind its double doors and make their way inside. For the next 50 minutes they gather in the community room chatting over the television and with each […]