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 By Lisa Hann

Shopping: Discount With Culture

Shopping: Discount With Culture

“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 […]

 By Gabrielle DiPietro

Philadelphia Musicians Keep Suburban Station Travelers On Track

Philadelphia Musicians Keep Suburban Station Travelers On Track

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 […]

 By Marcos Rios, Maureen Coulter and Mereb M Gebremariam

Hunting Park: Police and the Community

Hunting Park: Police and the Community

[vimeo 18642620] 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 […]

 By Mari Saito, Casey Snyder and Julio Nunez

Olney: Progress Could Be Short-Lived

Olney: Progress Could Be Short-Lived

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 […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Rock ‘n’ Roll Renaissance Revives Fishtown

Rock ‘n’ Roll Renaissance Revives Fishtown

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 […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Fishtown’s Music

Fishtown’s Music

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.

 By Victoria Rubadiri

North Philadelphia: Fashion on a Mission

North Philadelphia: Fashion on a Mission

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 […]

 By Casey Snyder, Mari Saito and Julio Nunez

Logan: Gospel Diva Willa Ward-Royster

Logan: Gospel Diva Willa Ward-Royster

From the draperies adorned atop the vaulted windows, to the candelabras along the walls, gold tones emit an enchanting ambiance within Willa Ward-Royster’s Logan home. A chandelier hung from the ceiling and crystals suspended from tall end table lamps in the living room, create whimsical touches of glamour that seem to mirror the tenant perfectly. Today, you can still see that glamour and sophistication of years past within Willa.

 By Mari Saito

Guns in Philadelphia

Guns in Philadelphia

There is no shortage of customers at Colosimo’s Gun Store on the 900 block of Spring Garden Street. A group of young men are buzzed into the store every few minutes, each time bringing in a gust of cold air through the door with a National Rifle Association sticker plastered on it. Eager customers talk excitedly among themselves while they press their noses against the glass cabinets lined with handguns. Outside, two New Yorkers wearing Yankee caps smoke cigarettes while they wait for the shooting range to open next door.

 By Shannon McDonald

Cops: Black and Blue

Cops: Black and Blue

Bill Thrasher is an officer in North Philadelphia’s 22nd Police District. His blonde hair is youthful, unaltered by sun or life. His eyes are identical to the sky blue of the uniform shirt he wears beneath his jacket and bulletproof vest. The faint traces of acne on his jaw reveal his age before he offers […]