By Amanda L. Snyder
Anderson, a South of South native, broke color barriers, becoming the first African-American to perform at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1935 and the White House the following year.
By Joseph Myers
His last name implies doubt, but Gamble has proven himself a reliable individual in two fields.
By Bill Gelman
Mr. Jefferson called South Philadelphia home.
By Amanda L. Snyder
A member of Boyz II Men, Morris, formerly of South of South, has reached global success with classmates at High School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Jennifer Choplin‘s dad served as the family’s chef when she was growing up, but she assisted in the kitchen at chili competitions the Choplins entered near their West Deptford, N.J. home. Despite the experience, she had different plans.
By Phyllis Stein-Novack
I pay close attention to food trends because of their positive effects on what I buy and eat in a restaurant.
South Street West hosts a springtime pub stroll Saturday.
Chef Justin Swain still was enrolled at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College when he became the head chef at Rex 1516, 1516 South St. He has since wrapped up his studies and graduated as the class valedictorian.
Dion Waiters, a South of South native and the fourth overall pick in last year's NBA Draft, entered last night's home game against the Brooklyn Nets with a 14.7 points-per-game average, good for second on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A West Philly man robbed three people at a South of South corner, and was apprehended after his final act.
By Amanda L. Snyder
While eating lunch in his car, a man was robbed in South of South last week.
» 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.
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, Council President Anna Verna (D)
Police District: 17th, Capt. Anthony Washington
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.