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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Space invader

A South of South woman became the victim of a home invasion Tuesday.

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Bill Chenevert

The First African Baptist Church faces challenging future

The First African Baptist Church, 1608 Christian St., is in trouble.

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Bring your own bravado

Video surveillance captured the image of a man responsible for a South of South theft.

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Posted Aug. 20, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

A jarring experience

Authorities are hoping surveillance footage can help them to nab the suspect in a South-of-South burglary. Crawling under the security gate following a bread delivery, the individual gained entry to Nam Som Bakery, 1601 Washington Ave., at 7 a.m. July 13. The criminal took money from a tip jar and register and fled north on 16th Street. To report information, call South Detectives’ tip line at 215-685-1635 or visit www.phillypolice.com/forms. Contact Managing Editor Joseph Myers at jmyers@southphillyreview.com or ext. 124....

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Posted Aug. 20, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Charles Ivey

Ready, Willing & Able workers honored with thanks

The melody of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” filled the living room of the The Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum, 762 S. Martin St., as the founder, Blanche Burton Lyles, manipulated the notes from her piano.

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Posted Aug. 14, 2015

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Bill Chenevert

Washington Avenue needs your help

Washington Avenue is one complex beast. From Columbus Boulevard to Grays Ferry Avenue, it’s a 2.3-mile corridor with 29 signalized intersections.

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Posted Jul. 23, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Too much to bear

A man made off with a woman’s purse in South of South.

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Posted Jul. 10, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Paper trail

Police arrested a Northeast East Philly man for supposedly burglarizing a South of South entity.

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Posted Jul. 6, 2015

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Bill Chenevert

The Royal Theater's turn to revitalize

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.

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Posted Jul. 2, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Surveillance seals arrest

Authorities arrested a Point Breeze man for an alleged theft in South of South.

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Posted Jun. 25, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Strife from a stranger

A woman suffered a forehead-situated hematoma in South of South Friday.

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Posted May. 28, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

A chilling discovery

A man is in police custody for supposedly committing three robberies, including one in South of South.

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Posted May. 15, 2015

» 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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