Six words about Philadelphia neighborhoods

 About 100 people gathered at WHYY studios for the first in a series of public Speak Easy forums. The topic this time,

About 100 people gathered at WHYY studios for the first in a series of public Speak Easy forums. The topic this time, "Philadelphia Neighborhoods in Flux." (Ifanyi Bell/for NewsWorks)

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:

East Passyunk

Getting kinda pricey to eat out

Kensington

Fast-paced, extremely vulnerable, ever-changing

Pennsport

Old, established, families, tough, warm

Rittenhouse

Classic, diverse, green, friendly, children, dogs!

West Philly

Diverse, LGBT-friendly, young, healthy, white

Walnut Hill

Home, diverse, changing, locals, newcomers, happy

Walnut Hill

A very diverse and beautiful community

Spring Garden

The place to be in Philly

Mantua

Plan or be planned 4

Germantown

Gritty

Point Breeze, aka Newbold

Needs love

Fitler Square

Beautiful, but where are the people?

Queen Village

The best place ever to live!!!

Passyunk Square

Gravy, banh mi, cheesesteaks, and tacos

East Kensington

Growing, diverse, industry, jobs, transit

East Kensington

Diverse, families, history, vacancies, changes, what’s next?

Logan Square

Museums, fountains, developing high-rises

Society Hill

Historic, friendly, beautiful, convenient

Tioga

Large twin homes, large yards, but economically depressed

Northern Liberties

Great neighborhood being destroyed by uncontrolled developers

Passyunk

Old, new, entrepreneurial, family, leafy, provincial

Brewerytown

Access, history, community, a ways to go

Logan

Abandoned and criminally neglected by plutocrats

Roxborough

Mountains, valleys, pizza and pubs, trees

East Germantown

Highly integrated. Diverse in age. Can be upwardly mobile too. Ratchet sometimes, but authentic.

The “six words” exercise is partially inspired by SMITH Magazine’s six-word memoirs.

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