Social issues

 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 […]

 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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