Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Located at the intersection of S. 32nd and Dickenson streets in Grays Ferry sits Stinger Park. It has the appearance of many neighborhood parks throughout the city – old and worn from decades of use, with a touch of nostalgia. The park has the look and feel of an area that is in constant use. […]

 By Sean Carlin and Ali Watkins

City Hall: School District to Sell Vacant Buildings

City Hall: School District to Sell Vacant Buildings

Mayor Michael Nutter, flanked by members of City Council, announced last week that the city will sell vacant School District properties, partially to raise the $50 million promised to the District earlier this year. Mark McDonald, a spokesman for the mayor, said the School District would be working with the commerce department and Philadelphia Industrial […]

 By Maura Kelley and Amanda Kerstetter

Fairhill: Library Needs Money

Fairhill: Library Needs Money

With recent school closures throughout North Philadelphia, some librarians feared the possibility that public libraries could once again fall victim to budget slashing by the city government. When Mayor Michael Nutter shut down 11 free library branches in 2008, the threat of mass library closures alarmed communities until October 2009, when the Pennsylvania State Senate […]

 By Pamela Seaton and Kirsten Stamn

Tacony: ‘Dungeon’ Kidnapping Case Spirals into ‘Tangled Web of Horror’

Tacony: ‘Dungeon’ Kidnapping Case Spirals into ‘Tangled Web of Horror’

In a basement of a small apartment in Tacony, four mentally disabled adults were found chained to a boiler and locked behind a steel door in what Philadelphia police described the location as a “dungeon” and a “cellar” with a rotten smell. The captors—alleged ringleader Linda Ann Weston, 51, Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie Wright, […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Northwest: Cindy Bass Ready to Take on the 8th District

Northwest: Cindy Bass Ready to Take on the 8th District

For the first time since 1996 there will be a new 8th District City Councilperson, which has given prospective candidates more motivation to win Philadelphia’s May 17 primary election. After a losing effort in the 2007 8th District City Council election, Democrat Cindy Bass has continued to build on her campaign and is back for […]

 By Cait Berry

Mount Airy: Top Politicians Endorse Bass in 8th District

Mount Airy: Top Politicians Endorse Bass in 8th District

Several prominent politicians, including Mayor Michael Nutter and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, today endorsed Cindy Bass for the 8th District City Council post in a race that has seven candidates vying for the spot that covers most of Northwest Philadelphia. “She is here to do a job, not just have a job…No one is more […]

 

Feltonville: A Letter to the Mayor from Bereaved Mother

Feltonville: A Letter to the Mayor from Bereaved Mother

In April 2010 Philadelphia Neighborhoods looked into the story of Janice Brown, a woman who lost her daughter in a tragic auto accident. Then she lost her grandchildren in a dispute with child services. You can see the story at https://bit.ly/eiOd7Y She recently sent this letter to the mayor: DEAR MAYOR MICHAEL A. NUTTER,   […]