Articles by Sam Newhouse

Fishtown: ‘More parking, more misery’

Core Realty brought proposals for two surface parking lots to the Fishtown Neighbors Association last month, and encountered near unanimous opposition.

New year, old churches

Sandy Salzman said she likes to think of the River Wards as neighborhoods of churches.

Benevolence in Bridesburg

Cops help local kids snag free toys at TargetPhiladelphia Police Department officers got to shop with children for their most-wanted toys as part of the “Heroes & Helpers” program, held at Target, 2701 Castor Ave., on Dec. 11.

Helping to make each breath better

Ever found that taking a deep breath in Port Richmond isn’t quite as refreshing as you would like?

Tax delinquency, blight, and one blogger’s fight

How one online map may help pinpoint tax delinquent landlords, and what city officials are doing to stop the problem.

City Council reaches ‘balance’ in new zoning amendment

Residents and neighborhood groups had differing reactions after the City Council amended the zoning code to include parking spaces for homes with five units or more.

Cleaning up their acts

River Wards neighbors are among those on Councilman Bobby Henon’s “Problem Properties Advisory Council,” which hosted a “Bad Neighbor Hearing” last Tuesday. The message for these landlords? Shape up, or ship out.

After fatal Kensington space heater fire, fire chief urges caution

The Philadelphia Fire Department has a fire safety mobile app and safety guidelines to follow to avoid space heater fires, a common risk during the cold winter months in the River Wards.

Excavating history at Fishtown dig site

Finds from an ongoing I-95 archeological dig include whimsical trinkets and household items. It’s a snapshot of long-ago Philly, and pieces will be on display at the Independence Seaport Museum through Feb. 3.

Locals react to proposed Fishtown mega casino

Gaming magnate Steve Wynn would construct Wynn Philadelphia if granted the city’s second casino license.