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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Courageous refusal

A woman dared a potential thief to shoot her in South of South last week.

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Posted Mar. 6, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Limited lease

Police arrested a South of South women for allegedly threatening to shoot her roommate.

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Posted Mar. 5, 2015

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Bill Chenevert

South of South's promising plans for 2015

Excitement is building around additional green space in Carpenter Green and a proposed mixed-use apartment complex along Washington Avenue. But for Mt. Sinai, the end could be coming soon.

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Posted Feb. 12, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Explosive situation

The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI are trying to track down a man who robbed a Center City bank then left behind a grenade in South of South.

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Posted Feb. 12, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Seamy filling

Authorities are looking for the man who robbed a South-of-South pastry shop.

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Posted Feb. 5, 2015

Barrymore Award winner to portray Sojourner Truth and Abbey Lincoln

Proclaiming “I love my job!” from her 1500-block-of-Fitzwater-Street abode, Cathy Simpson cherishes having chosen five decades ago to counter expectations of African-American women’s vocational pursuits.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Three-digit score

Police are hoping the accompanying image can lead to the arrest of a man who robbed a South of South establishment.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

Forcing the issue

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

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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.

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Posted Dec. 31, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Fuel for fury

Car issues led to a robbery in South of South.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

NEWS > COURT REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Realtor sentenced

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

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

One too many

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

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Posted Dec. 4, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

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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