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 By Brad Larrison and Lindsay Burgess

Strawberry Mansion: New Project Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhood

Strawberry Mansion: New Project Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhood

City and state officials gathered under a white canvas tent on the mud-covered corner of 31st and Diamond streets on Tuesday to celebrate the commencement of the Strawberry Mansion Townhomes project. The event featured an array of speakers including Mayor Michael Nutter, State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes and City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke. The turnout […]

 By Emily Tenenbaum

Center City: Gays Oppose Ban on Blood Donations

Center City: Gays Oppose Ban on Blood Donations

Laughing, dancing and music—all in appreciation of self-identity and coming out. It’s the Philly Gay Pride Parade. All kinds of people, whether gay or not, flock to Center City Washington Square West to get a taste of the fun and the love spread all around. But with the celebration, comes a looming feeling the community […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Peter Dorchak

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Sitting in the courtroom after her cousin was murdered, Rose Middleton told the shooter that she forgave him. Middleton’s cousin, Robert Selvy, was 53 when he was murdered by someone who lived just a few streets down from him in 1997. Selvy was working to put his son through college. “It was open season on […]

 By Jimmy Viola

West Poplar: Residents Learn to Network Within Neighborhoods

West Poplar: Residents Learn to Network Within Neighborhoods

Brick houses with green lawns rest next to vacant lots with overgrown weeds creeping through the chain-link fence. Pink-pedaled remnants of spring blanket the sidewalks.  A group of young men smoke a blunt in the backyard of a church. Welcome to the projects in West Poplar, where shades of suburbia are blurred with the grit and charm […]

 By Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi

Fighting Hunger in Philadelphia

Fighting Hunger in Philadelphia

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger is doing all it can to fight hunger in Philadelphia. Hunger is a big problem in Philadelphia as more than one in four residents is considered at risk for hunger. Half of these residents are children or senior citizens. The organization fights hunger though education, outreach and advocacy. “We […]

 By Naima Abdi and Tiffany Yoon

North Central: Cop Cruiser Injures Pedestrian; Underlines an Ongoing Problem

North Central: Cop Cruiser Injures Pedestrian; Underlines an Ongoing Problem

An ongoing police investigation concerning a recent accident has forced residents from the 1800 block of Willington Street to confront the larger issues surrounding a frequent neighborhood nuisance.“I saw the patrol car coming through the neighborhood at a high rate of speed—without concern and they just shot across the street and hit this pedestrian,” said […]

 By Michael Bixler and Cary Gaul

Snow Removal: An Ongoing Process

Snow Removal: An Ongoing Process

Philadelphia Neighborhoods went throughout the city to obtain reaction to Philadelphia’s efforts of clearing the snow from last week’s storms.

 By Jimmy Viola and Pete Dorchak

Spot News: Fighting the Storm

Spot News: Fighting the Storm

It began with an icy mist in the early morning last Wednesday. Then a layer of powder coated the ground. Soon, the cars looked like frozen marshmallows attached to wheels. The major highways had been closed before dark and all but SEPTA’s Broad Street line remained out of service. But the biggest accumulated snowfall to […]

 By Kristen Harding and Doug Fischer

Germantown: Firefighters Get Little Rest During Snowstorm

Germantown: Firefighters Get Little Rest During Snowstorm

The winter weather has certainly taken its toll on Philadelphia this week. The city’s store shelves have been cleaned out, the sidewalks have been left desolate, and the normal bustle of the streets has been quieted to the dull hum of snow blowers. But while many residents may be staying warm inside, not everyone gets […]

 By Jimmy Viola

Point Breeze Youth is Missing

Point Breeze Youth is Missing

Dinner at the Vu residence in Point Breeze is served in traditional Vietnamese style. Plate after plate of rice, fried fish, chicken stew and tripe are placed on newspapers spread over the cherry-stained wood floor. Praying before each meal has gained a painfully new meaning for the Vu family. There has been one less member […]