Watch area encompassing all of Point Breeze
1700 Morris St Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA - Newbold neighborhood
Di Silvestro Playground located at 1500 Morris Street in the Newbold part of Philadelphia has created chaos for the residences who live directly around the playground. Young males ranging from the ages of 10 to 20 have begun to sit on parked vehicles and on the steps of residences after playing basketball. In groups of 6 and more they practice fight each other and lean their bikes on the vehicles nearby. Many of them check to see if the doors of the cars are locked when loitering in front of private homes. Along with the damage left from the bikes, they sit on hoods and in empty pickup truck beds. You can clearly see a string of cars that have sneaker marks and indented hoods from the group of males. They are normally present from the hours of 3pm to 8pm.
Another issue is the fact that they also climb on top of the roof of the community center currently under construction and the equipment containers. Since there is no mediator or authority at a playground filled of teenagers after school it becomes chaotic inside and immediately around the playground.
They often film themselves fighting each other and their activities to glorify the gang like culture. As an example seen in a video on YouTube called “SOUTH PHILLY 15th STREET goonz ( K.WALKER )” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DETfL6ZAqdM
Many immigrants on the westside 1700 block of 15th street have no voice as they accept that a large group of thugs sit in front of their homes without confrontation in fear of retaliation. They become trapped until these young males leave or continue to another step after leaving all their litter behind. I myself have asked them to politely move off my step and have been cursed at when doing so. Calling the police is useless as they just move when they yell 5O. There is no reasoning with these males, they lack tact and respect.
None of these males live immediately around the playground so they have no respect for the area around it. Often they are playing basketball bouncing the ball way past midnight on nice nights in an unlit court as residence try to sleep for work the next day. There used to be a fence which closed the basketball court off afterhours but since the community center is under construction the caretaker of the playground is no longer around. As this is just the beginning of the summer the playground is subjected to FLASHMOB like conditions after school with no presents of authority.
"We run south philly" qouted in the video.
1543 Morris Street Philadelphia, PA - Newbold neighborhood
Swatters are now inhabiting the bombed out building at 16th/Morris. The property had been vacant following a fire a year ago. Neighbors have complained that they have been soliciting people walking and parking nearby the building.
1710 S. 15th Street Philadelphia, PA - Newbold neighborhood
At 1710 S. 15th Street is a victim of loitering everyday.
Access to her home is blocked by groups of young black males who sit on her step and chill. It is the nearest home with an awning for shade and a corner step to hide what they are doing. Everyday when I walk past her home after work I would see these guys just OWN this home. She is stuck in her home and left to clean up after all the trash they leave behind once they leave. She's a little old lady and it's sad to see these thugs use her property as a place to cool off after a hot day playing basketball. Empty blunt guts and beer containings are left in their wake without regard for her home.
They tagged her air conditioner unit to make their turf.
1400-1408 S Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA - Passyunk Square
Everyday this car wash let's all of its soap and chemicals run over the sidewalk and puddle in the street. The sidewalk is always very slippery due to the constant soapy water. Strong chemical usage is also evident due to the erosion of the cement in the sidewalk. It is a shame that this continues on a very prominent corner on Broad street after being reported on seeclickfix several times.
1422 Castle Ave Philadelphia, PA - Newbold neighborhood
Abandon Van used for storage
There is an abandon van that has been parked here well before Halloween. All the tires are flat now and the gas cap is missing reeking the smell of fuel. Sometimes when walking to the subway in the morning there is a man sleeping in the back. The van should be towed away and fined. With a playground full of kids across the street, this is not safe.
Although there is a NO TRUCK parking sign on the street, these super long club wagons are not considered trucks even though it take up more space. They are normally used to take workers to farms or factories and are dumped around this area when they break down. Homeless seek selter and then break in. This van should be removed ASAP.
PA TAG: HGM-2836
1450 Morris St Philadelphia, PA - Newbold neighborhood
The lights in the middle of the basketball court are always on. They are in the middle of the court located on the north side of the playground bordering Morris st. These lights also are not directed just onto the playground but also shine directly on the houses on the 1400 block of Castle Ave and the 1400 block of Morris St. Could the lights please be turned off outside of park hours and tilted downward more so that they only shine onto the playground?
Best would be if the courts were removed and replaced with grass or play ground equipment.