Hunting Park: Bodegas and Bodyshops Revive The Economy of North 5th Street

Hunting Park: Bodegas and Bodyshops Revive The Economy of North 5th Street

Specks of sawdust shimmered in the sunlight as the shrill of power tools echoed throughout the skeleton of a body shop. The sight is no longer uncommon along the 5th Street Corridor of North Philadelphia, between Luzerne and Wyoming streets, but rather serves as evidence to the recent economic influx of Hunting Park. “I’ve been […]

 

Logan/Olney: 5 Places To Know

Logan/Olney: 5 Places To Know

Olney and Logan embody a diverse and resilient spirit. Logan, bound by threads that reach back to 17th-century namesake James Logan, boasts a close-knit populace. Olney and Logan are as neighborhoods in touch with their historic roots while admirably coping with contemporary realities. Clustered rank-and-file with homes and businesses, some locales appear trodden, but never down.   […]

 

Queen Village: Five Thrift Shops Where You Should Buy, Sell and Donate

Queen Village: Five Thrift Shops Where You Should Buy, Sell and Donate

Thrift shops, like Retrospect (above), are popping up all around Philadelphia, and the center of the used and vintage craze is Queen Village. With Fabric Row on 4th Street, many thrift and vintage shops have appeared on neighboring 5th and South Streets. Each one has its own flair. Some take solely donations while others are willing […]

 

El Bloque de Oro: the Cultural Center of Latino Philadelphia

El Bloque de Oro: the Cultural Center of Latino Philadelphia

Spending a day in “El Bloque de Oro” will have you thinking you’re in a tropical Caribbean island. Fake palm trees sit on every corner down North Fifth Street while store signs are read in Spanish. It is very possible to spend the entire day in this neighborhood and function perfectly only speaking Spanish while […]

 

Taller Puertorriqueño: The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia

Taller Puertorriqueño: The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia

Although Taller Puertorriqueño is divided into two buildings one block apart, the organization is united in its mission to develop and promote Latino art and culture in the community. Since 1974, Taller has been at the heart of the art scene in El Bloque de Oro providing the community with art and art-based educational programs for […]

 

5th Street: South Kensington Community Partners Greening Project

5th Street: South Kensington Community Partners Greening Project

South Kensington has experienced a high influx of new homeowners, renters and sustainable construction. The new people live amongst the longtime residents. The pattern of gentrification has increased the need for community smoothing through outreach and activism. La Finquita (The Little Farm), an urban community garden space located at 438 W. Master Street, is an […]

 

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Although they make up just 12 percent of Philadelphia, the city’s Latino population is not shy about making their mark on the community. These are five people within Philadelphia’s Latino community who are dedicated to making a difference. These five people are a small sampling of the noteworthy Latinos who call Philadelphia their home.   […]

 

5th Street: Five Places You Need To Know

5th Street: Five Places You Need To Know

While 5th Street is home to many diverse groups of people, one aspect seems to be valued among everyone – a close-knit and long-lasting community. These five places have served multiple generations and remain at the heart of what makes 5th Street tick. Centro Musical North 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue  Centro Musical has been […]

 

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

“Welcome to the center of gold” as the mural reads, or in this case the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairhill section, located at the intersection of 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue. Fairhill has the highest concentration of Latino residents of any neighborhood in Philadelphia, but it is just one of many Latino hotspots located throughout the […]

 By Jared Brooks

Fairhill: New Bakery Brings Taste of Home to Neighborhood

Fairhill: New Bakery Brings Taste of Home to Neighborhood

America. The land of opportunity. The land of free. Where anyone with enough willpower can pull themselves up and make something out of nothing. We’ve all heard these sayings. Perhaps you or your parents came to this country with this in mind. It’s what has built this country from its humble beginnings – the quest […]