One year after Mayor Nutter and Commissioner Ramsey targeted nine high-crime police districts, is the city safer? Three new districts have been added to the targeted list. Can one, Police District 23rd, improve? Mayor Nutter’s five-year plan in Philadelphia contains the goal of reducing homicides citywide by 50 percent in five years. Is this achievable? […]
“Assalamu alaikum,” Jahed Chowdheury welcomes a pair of women who enter his shop with the traditional Muslim greeting meaning, “Peace be with you.” The two women are Muslim, like Chowdheury. They are black and dressed traditionally for Muslim women, in hijab. They have headscarves covering their heads, faces exposed, and they are wearing modest, loose-fitting […]
It’s four o’clock on Friday and the click-clack of freshly shined shoes and black leather pumps pound the pavement in four-four time. As trains roll in and out of Suburban Station at 15th and John F. Kennedy streets, commuters bustle by in hopes of catching an early train. Their focus is tight on the overhead […]
The The Philadelphia municipal budget for this fiscal year listed public safety as its top priority. In his budget address, Mayor Michael Nutter announced he does not plan to lay off a single police officer or firefighter. “We will not turn away from the gains we’ve made in public safety,” he said in the address. […]
The neighborhood is bustling along the Fifth Street business corridor in Olney. Newly swept sidewalks guide you through the area, as your nose is taken on an aromatic journey through the Caribbean by way of Italy. Bright hues of fresh produce lining the sidewalks outside of the markets and overhead business signs reflecting heritages from […]
When you think of music in Philadelphia, undoubtedly certain areas come to mind: the melodic jazz tones born of North Philadelphia, the gritty, stark hip hop that rises from the tough streets of the western reaches of the city, the soaring strings of Gamble and Huff’s downtown soul or the smooth voices of the street […]
A slideshow illustrating some of the hottest spots for today’s up-and-coming music acts. Featuring the song “Comin’ Home” by Murder by Death, who recently performed at Johnny Brenda’s.
At first glance, Villa looks like just another urban retail store on the block. However, three simple words differentiate this hip hop apparel store from its counterparts. “Join the Movement” is the slogan that can be seen at every Villa store location. The phrase is intended to stir up some curiosity for customers to take […]