Julian Hamer

Parkside: Philly Pumptrack Changing Philadelphia’s Youth Cycling Culture One Ride At A Time

Parkside: Philly Pumptrack Changing Philadelphia’s Youth Cycling Culture One Ride At A Time

Ahmad Elam was like most other 13-year-old boys in his Parkside neighborhood a few months ago. “When I was at home with my friends and we were bored and didn’t have nothing to do,” said Elam. “So one day, we came here and started riding.” Here is the Philly Pumptrack. A pumptrack is a bike […]

 Text, Images, and Video by Julian Hamer

Haddington: Urban Tree Connection Promotes Growth for Community

Haddington: Urban Tree Connection Promotes Growth for Community

Skip Wiener knows it sometimes takes a little dirty work to make a difference, which is why he founded the West Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, Urban Tree Connection. The Urban Tree Connection’s purpose is to revitalize vacant lots and homes into green spaces, promoting community engagement in low-income areas within the Parkside and Haddington communities through […]

 By Gennie DePass

Parkside: The Other Carpenter Brightens Community with Dark Past

Parkside: The Other Carpenter Brightens Community with Dark Past

Hammers banging, electric saws buzzing and calls to watch out for a falling ladder are not typically welcome sounds early in the morning. However, to the residents who live on the 4500 block of West Stiles Street, the sounds are happily put up with. The block is going through a much-needed renovation thanks to the […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Neighborhood Rivalries Left on the Court

Overbrook: Neighborhood Rivalries Left on the Court

Neighborhood tensions between the three sub-communities of Hilltop, Wynnefield and Parkside are a part of life growing up in the Overbrook community. Where someone lives is where his or her identity is rooted. “They call it riding with their neighborhood,” Naim Bellinger, former police officer at Overbrook High School, said. “The kids hang out together […]

 By Brian J. Sheehan

Parkside: Association Remains Active for 36 Years

Parkside: Association Remains Active for 36 Years

Whether it is a need for assistance in handling community issues or the need for help people get their lives back on track, the Parkside Association of Philadelphia is where area residents come for change. This community organization, located at 5218 Master St., has been in existence since 1977. With a team of volunteers dedicated […]

 By Alexandra Olivier and Alexandra Myslinski

East Parkside: Viola Street Working to Improve the Community

East Parkside: Viola Street Working to Improve the Community

With East Parkside known widely for attractions like the Mann Center, the Please Touch Museum and Fairmount Park, the small side streets in this community are typically overlooked. The 4200 block of Viola Street proves to be a community of its own in East Parkside. Surrounded by the famed attractions, residents fight to improve the […]

 By Alexandra Olivier and Alexandra Myslinski

Parkside: West Park Cultural Center Strengthens Community Vitality through the Arts

Parkside: West Park Cultural Center Strengthens Community Vitality through the Arts

The West Park Cultural Center, since 2001, has become a community-based resource for residents to access local arts, education, and other engaging programs for their enjoyment. The West Park Cultural Center, located at 4021 Parkside Ave. inside the High School of the Future, has created an environment that encourages neighbors to connect through the arts. […]

 By Zac Camagna and Melissa Straube

Parkside: Group Builds for Local Children

Parkside: Group Builds for Local Children

The East Parkside Residence Association knows how important the futures of the local children are. The organization strives to keep the children of Parkside active, knowledgeable and involved within the community around them. After the death of her husband, President Calla Cousar developed the East Parkside Residence Association to bring the children of the community […]

 By Jade C. McKenzie and Connor Showalter

Parkside: Grass Roots Movement Advocates to Restore Baseball Tradition

Parkside: Grass Roots Movement Advocates to Restore Baseball Tradition

In the 1930s and 1940s, baseball was played at the 44th and Parkside Ballpark, where the originally Negro National League-affiliated Philadelphia Stars began a legacy, which community organizers are attempting to restore for future generations. Today a memorial park, located at Belmont and Parkside avenues, commemorates the site where the Philadelphia Stars once played. The […]

 By Connor Showalter and Jade C. McKenzie

West Parkside: Bringing Jazz Back to West Philadelphia

West Parkside: Bringing Jazz Back to West Philadelphia

A Philadelphia businessman recently opened a jazz venue in West Parkside to spark an interest for arts and live music in what he calls an “upcoming neighborhood.” Jamal Parker, 41, owns the jazz venue, Le Cochon Noir, which translates to “The Black Pig.” Parker opened the spot at 5070 Parkside Ave. about a year and a half […]