August 27, 2009 |
THERE'S ONLY ONE place in Philly where you can travel to Ethiopia, Vietnam, Laos and India, drink fair-trade coffee and local beer and catch a jam session, all in the scope of seven blocks. That place is Baltimore Avenue in Cedar Park, a neighborhood on the west side of University City in West Philly. Anchored by leafy, nine-acre Clark Park at 43rd Street, home to a year-round farmer's market, chess games, outdoor movies and plenty of community goings on, Baltimore Avenue was once just farmland outside the city.
July 14, 2016 |
He was a kid embracing life and trying to make something of himself, his mother said, just 15 years old and rapping at parties for money, filming music videos with friends. But Monday night, rising 10th grader Tyhir Barnes died after he was shot leaving a basketball game he'd watched with friends in Southwest Philadelphia, according to police. Authorities believe the shooting resulted from a days-old dispute over a hoops contest, with an opponent seeking retribution against Barnes' team for a contentious buzzer-beating win. "It really doesn't make any sense," said Capt.
April 13, 2015 |
He was abandoned under a blanket in the woods. A Bible lay on his chest. And he had been in that position for five days. The 21-year-old man, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, was found Friday night in Cobbs Creek Park, when a man walking through the woods stumbled across him and called 911. The disabled man's mother had dumped him there, police said, sometime before 10 a.m. Monday, when she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend in...
December 19, 2011
A Philadelphia police officer crashed his cruiser into another car after swerving to avoid an oncoming vehicle early Sunday morning in West Philadelphia. The officer, who was not identified, was traveling west on Baltimore Avenue at 4 a.m. when the accident occurred at 49th Street. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and listed in stable condition. The driver of the other car was also listed in stable condition at HUP. - Chris Mondics
April 4, 2013
Cedar Park Cafe was a pillar to those around 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia, with hearty, budget-priced breakfasts and lunches and cheery service. But a Christmas Eve fire forced it out of Cedar Park. Last month, it resurfaced with the same food and the same name in lovely, more spacious quarters near the Overbrook train station. Pay particular attention to the fluffy, veggie egg-white omelets ($6.95). - Michael Klein Cedar Park Cafe, 2035 N. 63d St., 267-292-2715.
April 6, 2013 |
To some, they are former diamonds in the rough, locales that a decade or so of change has polished into something now truly unique. And many have made the cut as city neighborhoods that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be showcasing in a new, two-year campaign. The 14 areas, to be unveiled Friday as part of the campaign's launch, are: Fairmount, Spring Garden, Graduate Hospital, Callowhill, Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Pennsport, Cedar Park, Spruce Hill, University City, and Powelton Village.
March 12, 2016 |
People told Wendy Swiger of West Virginia not to go to the spot where her son was fatally stabbed by a stranger. It's dangerous, they said. Southwest Philly is not safe. But Swiger, 59, and her daughter went anyway. On Thursday, with a bottle of the perfumed oil that Nathan Ackison once sold, his mother anointed the spot in the middle of the 5500 block of Baltimore Avenue where he had lost his life two days earlier. Two men from the neighborhood - one of whom works at the garage near which Ackison was slain - stopped traffic on the busy street so the women could pour the oil and pray.
April 4, 2016
Philadelphia police on Saturday were investigating a shooting outside the Commodore Lounge in West Philadelphia in which one man was shot in the foot. The shooting occurred about 1 a.m. outside the bar at 5507 Baltimore Ave. Police found a bloody trail from the entrance of the bar to the corner of 55th Street and Baltimore Avenue. They also saw blood inside the bar and found a bullet and fired cartridge casings outside. The victim was later located in the emergency room of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left foot.
March 11, 2016 |
When Arnold Goode saw the exhaust pipe on Nathan Ackison's car dragging and sparking at 49th Street and Chester Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, he told Ackison and his wife to follow him to his Southwest Philadelphia garage. There, as Ackison and Goode stood next to Ackison's car, Ronald Stanley, 56, approached without a word. He spun Ackison around and stabbed him in his chest as Ackison's wife and Goode looked on in horror, according to Goode and police. Ackison, 30, stumbled and fell in the middle of the 5500 block of Baltimore Avenue.
March 30, 2012
Man arrested in fatal stabbing * 19th Street near Bainbridge A 43-year-old West Philadelphia man was arrested in the fatal stabbing of Shawn Andrews, 41, whose bloodied body was found stuffed inside his bedroom closet on Saturday. Police said that an argument prompted John M. Smallwood to repeatedly stab Andrews, however police were unsure of what the men were arguing over. There were no signs of forced entry at Andrews' apartment. Detectives arrested Smallwood, of Irving Street near 60th, on Wednesday and charged him with murder, possession of an instrument of crime and tampering with evidence.