Social issues

 By Andrew Holland

Nicetown: Trying to Make the Schools Work

Nicetown: Trying to Make the Schools Work

It’s 11:45 a.m. on a Friday in the Nicetown area of Philadelphia. Children and teenagers litter Germantown Avenue on an unusually cool April afternoon as they window shop and gather with friends on street corners. On the surface, the sight seems like a pleasant one.  One of youthful enthusiasm and innocence in an area riddled […]

 By Anthony Trivelli

Port Richmond Industry: Giving Back

Port Richmond Industry: Giving Back

Imagine driving through an industrial complex. Instantly, your mind flashes to smoking pipelines that are beating our ozone layer into a bloody pulp. You imagine lonely, littered, and seemingly abandoned streets. You see lines of over-sized factories surrounded in menacing barbed wire fences and uninviting empty lots that you know could be used for so […]

 By Mari Saito

Guns in Philadelphia

Guns in Philadelphia

View Slide Show 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. […]

 By Justin Elson

Fishtown: The Writing on the Wall

Fishtown: The Writing on the Wall

Running down Frankford Avenue to catch an arriving train, we can hear the reverberations grow louder, amplified through the steel supports that line the street. We hustle up the steps, taking two or three at a time, move through the turnstile with an urban-honed precision and dash toward the end of the platform in a […]

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