Washington Avenue is one complex beast. From Columbus Boulevard to Grays Ferry Avenue, it’s a 2.3-mile corridor with 29 signalized intersections.
A man made off with a woman’s purse in South of South.
Police arrested a Northeast East Philly man for supposedly burglarizing a South of South entity.
At Tuesday’s Historical Commission hearing in City Hall for hardship status on the property known as the Royal Theater, 1524 South St., a representative from Dranoff Properties, 755 S. Broad St., explained the many ways in which the property, as is, can’t function without a massive structural overhaul.
Authorities arrested a Point Breeze man for an alleged theft in South of South.
A woman suffered a forehead-situated hematoma in South of South Friday.
A man is in police custody for supposedly committing three robberies, including one in South of South.
Police are searching for a man who pilfered items from a car in South of South.
The consensus seems that April 22’s 2nd District councilmanic debate at Chester A. Arthur School, 2000 Catharine St., was the most heated and animated of several since the new year. Incumbent Kenyatta Johnson and developer Ori Feibush squared off on a number of issues: schools, crime, taxes and, most importantly, gentrification.
By Bill Chenevert
2015 could go down as the year that Philadelphia’s Millennials woke from their civic slumber to participate in local campaigns for City Council and steer political debate towards topics that concern them most. Maybe.
By Joseph Myers
Surveillance equipment caught the image of a man at 12:50 p.m. March 30 as he peered inside a business on the 1600 block of South Street.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
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)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)
Police District: 17th, Capt. Martin Derbyshire and Community Relations Officer Freddie McCrea
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.