Social issues

 By Jacalyn Clay, Rachael Hidalgo and James Brotherton

Parkside: New Housing Hope for Residents

Parkside: New Housing Hope for Residents

The national alarm of financial crisis has sounded. The once dynamic American economic life has been reduced to a waiting game. Until the economy hits bottom, this business of waiting will continue. In Parkside, there is no anxious waiting for the bottom. Parkside’s economy along with its housing market reached rock bottom decades ago. Unlike […]

 By Brittany Diggs, Jessica Ann Geoghan and Andrew Forgotch

Logan: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Logan: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Jason West decided to beautify his grandmother’s three-story row home by planting flowers and encompassing them with a rustic garden fence. He thought his kind act would rid his block of blight. Instead, it incited anger and disdain within the 20-year resident of the 5100 block of North Broad Street. “We had brand new gates, […]

 By Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Deep in the heart of Hunting Park is new hope. Reporters Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek give you an inside look at Nueva Esperanza and the Open Borders Project. Follow the links below to learn more. Nueva Esperanza: A Tie That Binds a Community Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

 By Jenna Brizek

Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

Nueva Esperanza isn’t the only organization in Hunting Park that offers services to the Latino community. Proyecto Sin Fronteras operates out of two, humble row homes on the 3500 block of North Sixth Street. The center runs many different types of programs, such as English classes, computer technology courses and an after-school youth program.  Select […]

 By Cassandra Kramer

Nueva Esperanza: A Tie that Binds the Community

Nueva Esperanza: A Tie that Binds the Community

“Nueva Esperanza,” directly translated, means “New Hope” in Spanish. For 20 years, Nueva Esperanza has been giving hope to the Hunting Park community in North Philadelphia. Founded in 1987, The Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia started this empowerment center, wanting to address serious issues, such as poverty and crime, within the Latino community.   As the […]

 By Megan Lennon, Jesse Smith and Torin Sweeny

Philadelphia Tries New Approach for Housing

Philadelphia Tries New Approach for Housing

Four years ago, Evelyn Martinez, a resident of Philadelphia public housing, was raising three children in the dangerous, drug-infested community around 16th Street and Erie Avenue . The house was in poor condition and space was so limited that Martinez was forced to park on the sidewalk. Now, when returning to her new home, Martinez […]

 By Kendra Elise Howard

Philadelphia Gryphons: Work Hard, Play Harder

Philadelphia Gryphons:  Work Hard, Play Harder

Beer poured from the tap as men gathered in small groups to converse, toss back drinks and listen to the 1980s dance music that blared in the background. It was a dimly lit spot, but all the commotion made the place vibrant and live. The bunch that stood out the most was the group of […]

 By Ibtisam Abdul-Barr

Strawberry Mansion: Digging for Solutions

Strawberry Mansion: Digging for Solutions

Every big city has its neighborhoods to avoid after the sun sets, but in Philadelphia, our problems can be seen everywhere and they cannot be avoided. The difference between a city such as Washington, D.C., and North Philadelphia is that in Washington, the slums are only seen from a distance. But in Philadelphia our badlands […]

 By Galena Mosovich

North Philadelphia: Through Their Eyes

North Philadelphia: Through Their Eyes

I provided Skyler and Christina with disposable cameras to capture images of their neighborhoods. The purpose of this activity was for them to portray the most significant aspects of their lives. Skyler Baker A self-proclaimed “bookworm,” Skyler Baker is an honor roll student at Paul Lawrence Dunbar School. He is 12 years old and a […]

 By Meghan Grever, Lydie Miller and Anthony Trivelli

Pulaski Park: Once Forgotten, Now Found

Pulaski Park: Once Forgotten, Now Found

On an unseasonably warm March afternoon, a group of four fishermen lines the pier at Pulaski Park. They bait their hooks with shrimp and cast their lines into the Delaware River. Some days they catch catfish. Other days they don’t. But they visit the park frequently, especially in the warmer months, to fish and to […]