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October 3, 1997 | GEORGE REYNOLDS/ DAILY NEWS
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (above, center) talks with residents of Grays Ferry after prayer service (below) at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in which about 500 people of different races came to promote peace.
NEWS
April 2, 1997 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
The saga of Grays Ferry continues. Catholic and Protestant clergy are holding an ecumenical prayer service and procession of hope in Grays Ferry tonight to encourage healing in the racially charged neighborhood. Community groups are coming up with proposals to ease tensions between black and white residents of the South Philadelphia community. A march through Grays Ferry to protest racial violence, called by the Nation of Islam, is set for April 14. Meanwhile, the city is being close-mouthed about its behind-the-scenes efforts to ease racial tensions in the community.
NEWS
February 6, 2003 | By ANDREW HOHNS
GRAYS FERRY gets a bad rap for community relations. It is commonly held that people just don't get along here, don't ever help one another across racial and social lines. The truth is that it is not so much black against white as it is those who care and want to fight for the neighborhood versus those who are indifferent to its fate - and by their indifference, contribute to the speed of its decline. Walk down the streets here, spend time getting to know the people, and you quickly realize that a war is being waged for this community's survival, a war whose stakes are impossibly high and whose outcome is all but certain.
NEWS
March 21, 1997 | By Darrell Dawsey, Clea Benson and Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Police arrested a third suspect yesterday in an attack on a black family by a group of white men in Grays Ferry that has stirred racial tension in the neighborhood. City Council President John F. Street, meanwhile, reiterated his appeal to the Nation of Islam and other groups not to stage protest marches through the community. "We hope we can avoid the risk that something terrible could happen down in Grays Ferry and forever scar the reputation of the people who live there and all over this city," Street said in an interview.
NEWS
September 11, 1997
Some people in Grays Ferry believe the neighborhood's racial troubles would go away if Annette Williams would just move out. Her family - particularly her 18-year-old son and 17-year-old nephew - have been at the center of several confrontations in the neighborhood, including last spring's meltdown that created a dangerous uproar, prompting an invitation to Louis Farrakhan. But despite some prodding from her lawyer and offers of help from Mayor Rendell, the 34-year-old African-American hotel worker has decided to stay in Grays Ferry.
NEWS
February 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A house collapsed in Grays Ferry early Saturday and one person was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, authorities said. A Fire Department dispatcher said the 911 call about the collapse came in at about 7:40 a.m. for a house on the 1400 block of Patton Street. The dispatcher did not know the condition of the person taken to the hospital. CBS3 reported that it was a 39-year-old man. The cause of the collapse is under investigation. A rapid-response team of inspectors from the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections went to the two-story property at 1401 Patton Street, at the corner of Reed.
NEWS
March 18, 1997
The situation in Grays Ferry is tragic, sad, ugly and dangerous. Young Christopher Brinkman, only 16 years old, is dead. And in the South Philadelphia neighborhood in which so many see their problems in terms of race, too many whites blame his death on blacks - instead of armed robbers. And Annette Williams, her son and nephew, who are black, are recovering - especially emotionally - from a Feb. 23 attack by a large group of white men who were leaving a party in a church (!
NEWS
August 15, 1997
People of Grays Ferry: Is this really the way you want to live? It's a working-class neighborhood of tight rowhouses and, increasingly it seems, tight nerves. For economic and social reasons, you can't leave. This is home. And will be for a long time. For black and white, those are the facts. You can't change where you live. But you can change how you're living. If not, the Philadelphia Police Department will have to become an occupying force, newspapers and TV stations will have to open bureaus in the neighborhood to keep up with what's happening, and you'll be treated to the kind of scrutiny reserved for Bosnia and the Middle East.
NEWS
February 7, 1998 | by Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writer
"This is Grays Ferry. " That's how the prosecutor and defense lawyers in the trial of nine white men accused of beating a black family summed up the neighborhood. As the trial ended yesterday, a year of neighborhood conflict, racial divisiveness and intense media scrutiny boiled down to this: Was it a neighborhood brawl or a unified attack by angry whites against a black family because of their race? During passionate closing arguments yesterday, Assistant District Attorney Jan McDermott argued that the defendants hit and threatened to kill the family, trashed the front of their home, then threatened to blow it up. "This is a case of racial bias," she told Judge Albert J. Snite Jr. But defense lawyers argued yesterday and Thursday that the brawl had been merely a street fight that spiraled out of control.
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NEWS
July 8, 2016
IN HER COLUMN on Thursday, "We've Seen Bitter Days," Helen Ubinas said it right. Her words are an example of what's wrong with society. I read: "I had returned from vacation ready to write a column about 16-year-old Asir Brown, gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Grays Ferry on July Fourth weekend. "But then I turned to one of the televisions in the newsroom and watched the emotional news conference outside Baton Rouge city hall, and there he was . . . " And so, you made the decision to chalk up Brown's tragic death and completely ignore it, and write instead about Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old CD street vendor who was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, La. Once again, you are trying to divide.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
An explosion at a steam-generating plant in Grays Ferry rocked the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened at Veolia Energy's Schuylkill Station facility at 2600 Christian St. shortly after 3 p.m. Paul Whitmore, a company spokesman, said one employee suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene, but he did not know how that person was injured. Whitmore said employees reported hearing a loud noise, but said he did not know what happened. "It's not clear what exploded, if anything," Whitmore said.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
Sometimes you're just born with a powerful punch, that straight-off-the-street sledgehammer that can send an opponent's brain bouncing around his skull like a pinball. Mike Rafferty, the youngest and skinniest of four boys growing up in a Grays Ferry rowhouse, had to work for it. He built himself up in the old Augie's Gym at Ninth and Passyunk under the tutelage of Jimmy Arthur, a man who could teach a mouse to drop a cat. Rafferty harnessed power in his hips, found the footwork to drive his fist home, and pounded on his hands just the right way, so that at age 44 his knuckles still rise like a mountain range.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Seven Philadelphia-area "hipster" zip codes - five in the city, and Ardmore and Upper Darby - are among the top 30 nationally for profitable home flipping, says RealtyTrac, the Irvine, Calif., foreclosure search engine. RealtyTrac analyzed single-family homes and condos flipped (sold twice within a 12-month period) in 2015 in more than 15,000 zip codes nationwide and identified the top 30 so-called "hipster" zip codes for flipping. Flips in most of these local zip codes account for relatively few of the total home sales in 2015 - 3.3 percent in Upper Darby to 12.9 percent in 19146, comprising Southwest Center City and Point Breeze.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Moisture in a foundation wall caused the collapse of a house in Grays Ferry over the weekend, a spokeswoman with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections says. The two-story corner property, at Patton and Reed Streets, flattened at about 7:40 a.m. Saturday, sending one man who lived there to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Karen Guss, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections, said in an email that the collapse of the property at 1401 South Patton Street was caused by a "sudden failure of the stone foundation wall along Reed Street ... resulting from moisture infiltration over a prolonged period of time.
NEWS
March 1, 2016
ISSUE | SCHUYLKILL TRAIL Add works of art and they will come The art scene in Philadelphia has been crippled by gallery closings in Center City and the eviction of artists from studios in and around the Spring Garden district. Why don't we use the opportunity that the Schuylkill River Development Corp. has provided ("Another Big Step," Friday) to energize the riverbanks of the Grays Ferry and Kingsessing neighborhoods with the next dedicated arts district, taking advantage of the proximity to Center City, lower rents, amenities, and vacant warehouses?
NEWS
March 1, 2016
Two teenage boys were shot and wounded Sunday shortly before 6 p.m. in the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia. Police said a 15-year-old was shot in the left side of his abdomen and in the right foot. Police rushed him to Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, where he was in critical condition. A 17-year-old was shot in the left calf and left arm. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital by city medics, and was listed in stable condition. Police said they were investigating the double shooting near 31st Street and Tasker Avenue.
NEWS
February 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A house collapsed in Grays Ferry early Saturday and one person was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, authorities said. A Fire Department dispatcher said the 911 call about the collapse came in at about 7:40 a.m. for a house on the 1400 block of Patton Street. The dispatcher did not know the condition of the person taken to the hospital. CBS3 reported that it was a 39-year-old man. The cause of the collapse is under investigation. A rapid-response team of inspectors from the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections went to the two-story property at 1401 Patton Street, at the corner of Reed.
NEWS
February 17, 2016
Philadelphia lost a little piece of its soul Friday with the death of Acel Moore, the longtime Inquirer editor and columnist who for more than 40 years provided insight both within and outside this newspaper into what it meant to live, to work, to dream, to fail, to succeed, and to hope in this city. Moore did all of that in the town where he grew up and became a newspaperman. It was no easy feat. Born when Philadelphia matched some southern cities in its racial bias, Moore worked his way up from copy boy, a term he despised, to become one of the Inquirer's first black reporters.
NEWS
October 30, 2015
DOUGLAS McKAY got the call from God while sitting on a bar stool at Sam's Bar, 30th and Wharton, Grays Ferry, USA. It wasn't the first call he heard, but it was the final one. After a fight at Sam's that night (he won, he says) he got lost in thought. He wasn't destined to spend his life on a bar stool at Sam's. The next day McKay presented himself to his parish priest at St. Gabriel's, the massive stone Catholic church dominating his Irish, working-class neighborhood. He said he wanted to become a priest.
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