It’s no great challenge to get Philadelphians to start talking about where they live. We can always say more. Saying less can be harder but just as interesting. We asked people to describe their neighborhood in six words or less. Here’s a look at the result.
It’s no great challenge to get Philadelphians to start talking about Philadelphia. At a public forum hosted by NewsWorks about the city’s changing neighborhoods, we heard from dozens of people who love this city and who have some real emotional investment in where they live. The discussion moved from taxes to race and class issues, from city services to drugs and crime, from the fears of long-time residents to the needs and hopes of immigrant communities.
We can always say more. Saying less can be harder but just as interesting. We asked participants to describe their neighborhood in six words or less. Some didn’t even need six words; others needed far more. The results present a snapshot of several communities across the city. In the age of Twitter, we’re all getting pretty good at pithy brevity.
Here’s a look at what people said:
Getting kinda pricey to eat out
Fast-paced, extremely vulnerable, ever-changing
Old, established, families, tough, warm
Classic, diverse, green, friendly, children, dogs!
Diverse, LGBT-friendly, young, healthy, white
Home, diverse, changing, locals, newcomers, happy
A very diverse and beautiful community
The place to be in Philly
Plan or be planned 4
Point Breeze, aka Newbold
Beautiful, but where are the people?
The best place ever to live!!!
Gravy, banh mi, cheesesteaks, and tacos
Growing, diverse, industry, jobs, transit
Diverse, families, history, vacancies, changes, what’s next?
Museums, fountains, developing high-rises
Historic, friendly, beautiful, convenient
Large twin homes, large yards, but economically depressed
Great neighborhood being destroyed by uncontrolled developers
Old, new, entrepreneurial, family, leafy, provincial
Access, history, community, a ways to go
Abandoned and criminally neglected by plutocrats
Mountains, valleys, pizza and pubs, trees
Highly integrated. Diverse in age. Can be upwardly mobile too. Ratchet sometimes, but authentic.