Sharswood: Finding An ‘Anchor’ In A Changing Neighborhood

Sharswood: Finding An ‘Anchor’ In A Changing Neighborhood

Zafir Hall cried in front of 96 men he barely knew in jail as he watched his home be demolished on television. Hall, 22, grew up in the Norman Blumberg affordable housing complex in Sharswood, which was made up of three 18-story high-rise buildings. The towers were built in 1967 by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. […]

 

Roxborough: Young Voters Absent From Primary Polls

Roxborough: Young Voters Absent From Primary Polls

It was a quiet and unusually empty afternoon in the auditorium of the polling station at Ridge Avenue and Rector Street. Located right next to the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, volunteers and poll workers were stationed outdoors and indoors, anxiously awaiting a crowd to come in and place their votes for the 2015 primary election. Throughout the […]

 By Desiree Disney

Roxborough: Wendy’s and The Future Of The Community

Roxborough: Wendy’s and The Future Of The Community

Ridge Avenue in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia is booming with commercial businesses. Many famous corporations have been expanding their operations throughout the area. One company in particular has stirred up quite a controversy among the locals. A potential business opportunity for Wendy’s at Ridge and Roxborough avenues has been the hot topic around town. While […]

 By Alyssa Andrews and Josh Verlin

Roxborough: The McCanns’ Farm Market

Roxborough: The McCanns’ Farm Market

[vimeo 30086393] Each Friday at Gorgas Park, the McCann’s Farm farmers market brings fresh produce to the Roxborough area. Anita McCann-Hepler, a third-generation farm owner, and her sister run the stand as a part of Philadelphia’s Farm to City program. Farm to City is an independently owned business that was previously part of the city’s […]

 By Josh Verlin and Alyssa Andrews

East Falls: Trolley Car Cafe Celebrates its First Anniversary

East Falls: Trolley Car Cafe Celebrates its First Anniversary

The Trolley Car Cafe is celebrating an anniversary on Wednesday, its first since moving into an old Fairmount Park pool house in East Falls. The cafe, founded as an offshoot of the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy, prides itself on being an eco-friendly BYOB. “We have solar power and grow many of the vegetables […]

 By Eliot Shorr-Parks

Ridge Avenue: New Bike Lane Should Ease Traffic Headache

Ridge Avenue: New Bike Lane Should Ease Traffic Headache

Residents living along Ridge Avenue in East Falls enjoy the benefit of being only a block away from scenic Kelly Drive. This route along the Schuylkill River Kelly is run on, biked on and even roller-bladed on by more than 15,000 people per month, making it one of the most popular destinations in the city […]

 By Eliot Shorr-Parks and Nichole Thomas-Holder

Ridge Avenue: Dell East Ticket Office Opens for New Season

Ridge Avenue: Dell East Ticket Office Opens for New Season

Tucked inside Fairmount Park just off Ridge Avenue at West Huntingdon Street hides the Robin Hood Dell East, a venerable concert venue that has been open for more than 80 years. But for many Philadelphia residents this venue better known as ‘The Dell’ remains unknown. “My first time here I spent an hour just trying […]

 By Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: Seniors Need New Center

Ridge Avenue: Seniors Need New Center

[vimeo 21943622] Inadequate space for activities, limited parking spaces and improper security measures are not issues commonly associated with a senior citizen center. At the Martin Luther King Older Adult Center these conditions have been a topic of debate for many years. Members of the King Center, located at 2010 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave. […]

 By Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: New Eco-Friendly Apartments Coming to the Area

Ridge Avenue: New Eco-Friendly Apartments Coming to the Area

[vimeo 21961403] In 2009, Michael Tucker was one of a handful of students from the Miles School of Business Credit chosen to participate in a special program, The Vineyards at 16th. Located on 16th and Ridge Avenue, The Vineyards are all-green, high-rise apartment complexes. Tucker is the sustainable designer. He makes sure that the complexes are […]

 By Rebecca Arden and Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: The Flower Business

Ridge Avenue: The Flower Business

Adrienne Berrian started working with flowers as a hobby at home. Nine years later, Berrian’s hobby became a reality when her brother purchased a flower shop as her birthday present. She originally started with the name Ridge Flowers but changed it five years ago to Adrienne’s Floral Creations. Located at 4233 Ridge Ave., the store […]