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Forcing the issue

Authorities hope surveillance footage can help them to nab a pair of commercial robbers.

Posted Jan. 15, 2015

Acceptance of Speech

thused youths and their caregivers gathered recently at the Baby Worldplay Little Theater, 2227 Grays Ferry Ave., for a session with owner Pam Groves.

Posted Dec. 31, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Fuel for fury

Car issues led to a robbery in South of South.

Posted Dec. 24, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Realtor sentenced

A businessman with South of South ties will spend 26 months in jail for involvement in a fraud scheme.

Posted Dec. 24, 2014


By Joseph Myers

One too many

Police arrested a Malvern man for supposedly assaulting a South-of-South-situated store manager.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

Appreciative Initiative

Poet John Keats wrote “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” a sentiment with which the originator of this 400-block-of-South-Street-situated message would thoroughly agree.

Posted Nov. 26, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Spousal spat

Venturing to the 1800 block of Catharine Street at 3:42 a.m. Friday, authorities met the complainant on the corner and observed blood coming from her head, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

Posted Nov. 13, 2014

Swidey takes on Willy Loman for EgoPo

While many performers foolishly focus on transforming text into an ostentatious display of their talent, Ed Swidey feels his ilk can forge formidable advances by “acting on the line” and refusing to “argue with the play.”

Posted Nov. 7, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Don’t dough it!

A gun-wielding man robbed a South of South eatery last week.

Posted Oct. 23, 2014

Tomczak touting terror at Eastern State Penitentiary

Jenny Tomczak has long adored adopting a different persona for Halloween, deeming the day a delightful occasion for stepping outside of herself.

Posted Oct. 23, 2014

Patties day

Executive chef Justin Swain, of REX 1516, 1516 South St., continues his Citywide Special Burger Series Oct. 21 (and Oct. 22 if it does not sell out) with food writer and critic Drew Lazor as his collaborator.

Posted Oct. 16, 2014


By Christopher Isaac

The Star’s aligner

“Necessity is the mother of all inventions.” This is how Akhenaton Mikell, 45, described his decision to found Imani Star Development in 2002.

Posted Oct. 9, 2014


Schuylkill - South of South

Boundaries: Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, South Street to Washington Avenue.


Origin of Name: Bordered by the Schuylkill River and Center City, it lies south of South Street. It is also referred to as Graduate Hospital or Southwest Center City.


Brief history: Earliest records indicate the community began as an industrial settlement. Salesmen riding horse-drawn carts or pushcarts supplied residents with daily implements and food. South Street west of Broad was the city’s center of entertainment from the 1920s to the ’60s.

The area has seen significant change over the past two decades. Native Kenny Gamble returned to the area in '89 to revitalizing his old neighborhood. Launching Universal Companies, 800 S. 15th St., in '93, Gamble and his company have played a major role in  the area's renewal and blight removal.


Famous Residents: World-renowned opera singer Marian Anderson lived on Martin Street, just around the corner from Union Baptist Church, 19th and Fitzwater streets, where she sang in the choir while Kenny Gamble, songwriter and founder of Philadelphia International Records, grew up near 15th and Christian streets. An alum of Hawthorne's CAPA, Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris grew up near 17th and Christian streets; Sherman Hemsley, George Jefferson on the TV show "The Jeffersons," of 22nd and Christian streets


Major Landmarks: Anderson’s home; Christian Street YMCA, 1724 Christian St.; Clef Club of Jazz, 738 S. Broad St.; Graduate Hospital, 1840 South St., was founded in 1916, but served the health needs of residents as Philadelphia Polyclinic as far back as 1889; the Naval Home, 2420 Grays Ferry Ave. (now being developed into a gated townhome community by Toll Brothers); the defunct Royal Theater, 1500 South St., which opened in the 1920s and was the first movie theater built for African-Americans.


Architecture: Mostly rowhomes and townhouses.


U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (D)

U.S. Senators: Bob Casey (D); Pat Toomey (R)

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)

State House District: 182nd, Brian K. Sims (D); 186th, Jordan Harris (D)


City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)

Ward: 30th

Police District: 17th, Capt. Martin Derbyshire and Community Relations Officer Freddie McCrea

Civic Groups: South of South Neighborhood Association; South Street West Business Association

Libraries: Queen Memorial, 1201 S. 23rd St., in Point Breeze and Santore, 932 S Seventh St., in Bella Vista

Schools: Universal Institute Charter School, 801 S. 15th St.; Chester Arthur Elementary, 2000 Catharine St.; E.M. Stanton Elementary, 17th and Christian streets

Places of Worship: Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist, 1437 Christian St.; First African Baptist Church, 1608 Christian St.; Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, 2321 Fitzwater St.; Holy Trinity Baptist Church, 1818 Bainbridge St.; New Day Spring Baptist Church, 1621 Bainbridge St.; New Light Beulah Baptist Church, 1701 Bainbridge St.; Shiloh Baptist Church, 2040 Christian St.; St. Charles Borromeo, 902 S. 20th St.; St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1831 Bainbridge St.; Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 750 S. Broad St.; Union Baptist Church, 1910 Fitzwater St.

Rec Center: Marian Anderson Rec, 744 S. 17th St.; St. Charles Senior Center, 1941 Christian St.

Parks/Playgrounds: Chew Playground, 19th Street and Washington Avenue; Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Montrose streets; Uncle David's Playground, 15th and Catharine streets; Catharine Street Park, 22nd and Catharine streets.

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