Kensington: A Free More-Than-Just-Soccer Camp

Kensington: A Free More-Than-Just-Soccer Camp

As the sun rises on Hissey Playground at C Street and Indiana Avenue there’s usually a bit of a mess. Being in the shadow of the unofficial heroin capital of the region, Department of Recreation personnel must take care of cleaning up the needles, baggies and bottles that found their way to the sports field […]

 

Port Richmond: National Night Out, a Princess in Port Richmond, and a Missing Cat

Port Richmond: National Night Out, a Princess in Port Richmond, and a Missing Cat

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people were talking about things happening in Port Richmond: Princess bringing Happiness To Port Richmond and Beyond: Port Richmond native Kennedy McCabe works with the city’s Parks and Recreation office as a recreation specialty instructor, even getting to dress up as some famous characters […]

 

How To: Start A Town Watch In Your Neighborhood

How To: Start A Town Watch In Your Neighborhood

Neighborhoods change quickly if no one is paying attention. Many people have heard parents or grandparents talk about how an area “used to be.” Communities like Mayfair, Kensington and Oxford Circle struggle with increasing crimes and quality-of-life issues every year. Changing demographics through aging, gentrification and lack of employment opportunities are just some of the […]

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Juniata Park: Everybody Knows Rose Webster

Juniata Park: Everybody Knows Rose Webster

Rose Webster’s car transmission blew the other week. For most people waiting while the garage assessed the vehicle’s damage, the city’s public transit would have to suffice in the meantime. But Webster has customers, senior citizens from the neighborhood she shuttles to the doctor or the grocery store or wherever else they need. She counts […]

 

Port Richmond: As Violence Drops, Problems Linger

Port Richmond: As Violence Drops, Problems Linger

Philadelphia Police Capt. Dan O’Connor characterizes Port Richmond as a neighborhood in transition. It’s a section of Philadelphia that houses some generations-old families that have never left. Other residents have arrived from quickly gentrifying areas like Fishtown. Others are among Port Richmond’s well-documented population of Eastern European immigrants, including a thriving Polish-American population, a Lithuanian […]

 

Juniata Park and Feltonville: Five Places to Know

Juniata Park and Feltonville: Five Places to Know

Fairhill, Juniata Park and Feltonville are located in North Philadelphia. These neighborhoods have and continue to carry on the traditions and lifestyles of many Hispanics, African-Americans and other ethnicities through multiple generations. The streets are painted with vibrant colors. The air carries the sounds of Latin tunes in the area. For any passerby or newly […]

 By Stephen M. Rose and Whitney R. Segel

Kensington: Renewal Rehabs Abandoned Properties to Help the Community to Lower Crime

Kensington: Renewal Rehabs Abandoned Properties to Help the Community to Lower Crime

Finding a really helpful neighbor can at times be difficult in some urban areas, particularly on blocks where one-third of the properties are abandoned and vacant. However, if you live on the 900 block of East Westmoreland Street, Jamie Moffett is the best neighbor to have because of his work addressing abandoned properties. Through Moffet’s […]