September 23-29, 2004
Home Away From Home
Documenting the growth of Philly's Latino Community along North Fifth Street.
Photo Essay By Michael T. Regan ... Page 1, 2
THE STREET: A birds-eye view of Fifth as it winds north through businesses, homes and vacant properties.
GUARDIAN ANGEL: A muralized Pedro Albizu Campos keeps watch over Fifth and Dauphin. Campos, a Harvard University-trained Puerto Rican freedom fighter known as "El Maestro," headed the Nationalist Party and was ultimately jailed for his revolutionary activities. Locals revere Campos as a symbol of liberty.
HOT SALSA: Tierra Colombiana is known to many across the city as one of Philadelphia's best Latin restaurants. But Boglarka Foghi and her husband, Armin, are among those who know it's a place to get their dance on; at night, the restaurant's second floor becomes a popular club.
HARVEST BOON: Gumercindo Feliciano, 70, moved here from Puerto Rico in 1956. With his wife, Felipa, he helps run a community garden near Berks Street that produces pigeon peas (shown), green peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.
PREACHER MAN: The Rev. Andres Fuentes, who emigrated from Puerto Rico 34 years ago, holds four services a week at the 100-year-old El Buen Samaritano Templo Pentecostal church near Sedgley. Pentecostal churches have become increasingly popular in Latino neighborhoods during recent years.
PARADISE NOT LOST: A community member works to save a mural at a vacant lot near Norris Street.
TASTE OF HOME: Malta Goya gets prominent product placement at the entrance of one of many bodegas along the street.
SIDEWALK SALE: Ten-year-old Sierra Soto vends relleños de papa (beef-stuffed potatoes), empanados (corn or flour tortillas stuffed with beef, chicken or pork), fried platanos (plantains) and water ice outside her home in the 3000 block of Fifth near Indiana.
GOTTA BE THE SHOES: A sandal-sporting hoopster tries to block his friend's shot during a one-on-one showdown at the Williard Street courts.
REDEMPTION: Havier Santiago, a former gang member who now makes an honest living as an industrial machinist, says politicians should be doing more to help his neighborhood, a topic he addresses while sitting outside his mother's home near Pike Street.
THE WORD: In this highly religious neighborhood, spirituality can be as simple as a message painted on a building.