Articles by Mikala Jamison

In brief: back-and-forth over Finnigan's balconies

City Council shot down Mayor Nutter's veto on Finnigan's Wake's plans to build balconies over the bar on Spring Garden Street. That might not be the end of the discussion, though.

Fishtown: ‘Yes’ to Canal St. North project

Core Realty's "Canal St. North Project" would bring a large music venue, a bar, restaurant, bowling alley and retail space to the waterfront in Fishtown. Residents are worried about parking, but voted in support of the development.

Kicking cancer to the gutter

The Dude Hates Cancer fundraiser and annual bowling tournament - based on the film, "The Big Lebowski," of course - hopes to raise $100,000 this year to benefit leukemia and lymphoma research. Bowlers will hit the lanes Saturday in Northern Liberties.

A look at reality along ‘the avenue’

Jeffrey Stockbridge photographs and interviews the men and women who live life along Kensington Avenue for his blog "Kensington Blues." While their stories can be examples of the place at its worst, Stockbridge says the people - and the community - display incredible strength.

Port Richmond wants its park back

Neighbors living near Powers Park have complained the space is being taken over by teenagers who stir up trouble, trash the area and openly drink and use drugs. Now, locals are attempting to turn things around.

Philly311: connection to City Hall stronger than ever

With the help of its mobile app and the Neighborhood Association Liaison training program, Philly311 is dedicated to bridging the gap between residents and government service.

Skating for an excellent adventure

Kids from River Wards PAL centers were among those competing last Friday for a skateboarder’s dream experience: a chance to work with pro skater and Philly native Chris Cole.

Locals invited to testify at City Council parks and recreation hearing

Kensington's so-called ‘Needle Park’ was among those up for discussion at the hearing, which provided an opportunity for citizens to discuss violence, vandalism and negligence in city parks and recreation facilities.

Bridesburg Elementary student honored for activism

Jordyn Colville is a young hero.

‘Still hope’ for Jones Middle School students

John Paul Jones Middle School has suffered low test scores, spotty teacher attendance and unsafe conditions for years. Now it’s being transformed into the Memphis Street Academy Charter School, and many are excited about the future.