Right NEast/Wrong NEast: No really, Oxford Circle really is west of the Boulevard

Here we go again.

Imagine waking up to the headline, “Oxford Circle Teen Stabbed.” Anyone who wakes up with NBC10 doesn’t have to imagine it. While Action News and Philly.com both managed to read their maps properly, NBC10 dished out misinformation in a Tuesday morning crime report.

A teenager stabbed on the 1200-block of Pratt Street in Frankford Tuesday morning. Yes, that block is near Oxford Avenue, which we’re guessing is where NBC10 went wrong.

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It wouldn’t be the first time something east of the Boulevard found its way into Oxford Circle in a news report. CBS3 is a threetime offender.

As we always like to point out when errors like this are made, it is unacceptable for a news service to get something as basic as a location wrong. It calls into question the accuracy of the entire story, unfairly adds to the negative perception people have of some neighborhoods and unnecessarily causes worry among residents who are out of harm’s way.

Outside media don’t care about the Northeast. We have all seen them misuse, misspell and mistake our neighborhoods and our streets, so we at NEast Philly wanted to do something about it. When they get it wrong, we set it right in a segment we like to call Right NEast/Wrong NEast.

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