For more than a decade, the nonprofit started by Jerry Mondesire got hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state, with most of the money earmarked for rehabbing properties for affordable housing. None appear to be serving that purpose. Isaiah Thompson reports the latest on the Next Generation CDC.
Work, family and religion are the touchstones for a family of Mexicans who live in South Philadelphia, which is now home to most of the city’s Mexicans. These immigrants are settling in to their neighborhood, raising families and opening businesses. Natalie Pompillio reports on these new Americans.
With Roosevelt Boulevard as its spine, an eight-mile stretch from Oxford Circle to Somerton has become the locus of the city’s immigrant community. One in five of the city’s foreign-born residents live in these neighborhoods. Carla Robinson explores the changes they have brought to the Northeast.
Constance Morrow can tell you a lot about gentrification. She lived through it in her old neighborhood of Northern Liberties. Solomon Jones writes about her fate and plans to deal with the realities of a rapidly changing neighborhoods once the new Land Bank is up and running.
Edwin Desamour spent eight years in prison for murder. Now, he and other ex-offenders are on a mission to make sure a new generation does not follow that path. Solomon Jones writes about the energetic founder of the group called MIMIC.
The city has a grant to enlist entrepreneurs to solve problems and one is going to an Atlanta company that has taken an old idea and adapted it as a new way to fight crime. Solomon Jones explains the story behind Village Defense.
The unintended consequence of a new city program to stop the spread of bed bugs may be more bed bugs. Nathaniel Lee reports on how some residents in Southwest Philly are responding to the city’s mandate to wrap discarded mattresses in plastic bags.
It’s a surprise to see that one of the most famous names in Philadelphia’s industrial past lives on. Ken Finkel visits the modern reincarnation of the Disston saw company, still open and operating in in Tacony.
If only someone in city government had done their job, the tragedy that was the Buck Hosiery factory fire could have been averted. Tom Ferrick reports on a damning grand jury report on the blaze, which killed two firefighters.
When proponents speak of the Philadelphia Land Bank as a way to eliminate 40,000 vacant properties, I don’t visualize the empty houses and lots. I think if the people who once occupied those neighborhoods. I think of my own family.
A new Pew report confirms that the number of 20 to 34 year olds has gone up significantly in recent years. Most love the city, but it’s a ‘conditional affection.’ In the future, half may leave. Julia Bergman has the details.
Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in Philadelphia. Yet, they still have little political power. Patrick Kerkstra looks at the potential of Latino political emergence in the city and the barriers they face.
The number of people being turned away from emergency shelter in Philadelphia has tripled in just three years, despite data that shows the number of homeless has remained steady. Isaiah Thompson reports on a troubling trend.
For Philadelphia, 2013 was filled with crushing lows and euphoric highs, but the biggest stories shaped us, made us better, and united us in ways we could never have imagined. Solomon Jones looks at the events that shaped the year.
With the Great Recession over, the pace of development in Center City is picking up. We look at what’s happening on the retail front, with new stores opening and the promise of more. Carla Robinson reports on the retail revival.
When it comes to the effects of the recession, Philadelphia is like a boxer who just went 10 rounds. The fight may be over, but the poor guy is still woozy and has a lot of painful bruises. Tom Ferrick tells the numbers behind the story.
If you’re not sure what to make of the vote by Philadelphia’s City Council to approve amendments to create a city land bank, you are not alone. Isaiah Thompson explains what the bill does and does not do. it is due for final passage this week.
In a small, working class neighborhood in the Northeast, a young man with the improbable name of Alexander Balloon is demonstrating a fundamental change in thinking about how to rescue a struggling neighborhood. Carla Robinson writes about a new optimism in Tacony.
Surviving the Great Recession was hard enough for the city’s arts, culture and social service sectors. Now, they must face a world marked a major drop in funding, plus demands they act more like businesses.
AxisPhilly polls neighborhood leaders across the city and finds them pessimistic about the city, lukewarm about Mayor Nutter’s performance and critical of the performance of some city agencies. Read the details…
Our newest interactive tool and map tells the story of violence in Philadelphia, revealing information on every shooting and murder in the city since 2003. The numbers do add up: more than 3,400 killed and 15,000 shot during the period we analyzed.
The who and where are revealed by the map. The why often involves the code of the street, the rise of gangs and retaliation.
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By Frank Rubino The downtrodden commercial strip on North 60th Street between Market and Arch Streets includes a barber shop, a check-cashing joint, a hole-in-the-wall Chinese takeout and a bar. The Market Street end is marked by a prominent, three-foot-high metallic “60” that overlooks the block from its perch on a SEPTA El stop. To passersby, unfamiliar with this West Philly […]
By Frank Rubino It’s sunny but cold on this first Tuesday of the year, but the arctic air hasn’t chilled under-the-El street commerce at Philadelphia’s seamiest intersection. More than a dozen men, most of them with soiled clothes and vacant expressions, mill around the Somerset El station on either side of Kensington Avenue yelling “Works!” and “Sub!” […]
Community leaders expressed cautious optimism after Wednesday’s private meeting with Councilwoman Cindy Bass and state Rep. Stephen Kinsey about for-profit Camelot Schools’ plan to bring alternative education to Germantown High School. The private meeting, which occurred after representatives from Camelot further detailed the company’s plan to consolidate its three locations at Germantown High School, took place […]