There’s a South-of-South-situated church that Celeste Morello wants to call attention to so that it might be protected as long as possible. St. Charles Borromeo, 902 S. 20th St., is a church designed by architect Edwin Forrest Durang, one of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s most prolific and employed designers from the latter part of the 19th century.
By Joseph Myers
With a loving family and a successful teaching career, Chynell Precise has earned many vicarious victories, with the rewards of altruism always topping the possible yet perishable gains from selfishness.
Authorities are searching for a man who stole a woman’s wallet in South of South.
At 7:13 p.m. Oct. 28, authorities responding to a radio call for a person screaming and reported to the 2700 block of South Street.
Mayor Michael Nutters and other City officials teamed up with the Philadelphia Phillies and Major League Baseball Oct. 13 at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center.
Police arrested a South-of-South man for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife.
By Joseph Angelo Fontanazza
Difference Maker Regina Smith is guaranteed a legacy cemented in Philadelphia’s collective consciousness, but her goal is not for personal recollection.
By Michael Carey
It takes true dedication and hard work to make something great come about.
Most Philadelphians who invest their time and volunteer efforts into a park live right nearby. Not the case for Brooke Allen and Matt Migliore.
Authorities arrested a juvenile for supposedly burglarizing a South-of-South store.
It was 2008 when Peg Talbott-Lane and a small team of volunteers conceived of and pulled off a festival they called the Southwest Center City (SWCC) Rock ‘n Run.
» 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.