Read in my neighborhood list-serv this morning: "Person w/sawed-off shotgun was caught last night." Good to know. #ThisIsWestPhilly
— Lee Huang (@leehuang) October 22, 2014
I'm a 5-min walk from an Ivy League schl AND a fast food joint w/bulletproof glass #ThisIsWestPhillyDo you see the common theme in these two tweets? West Philadelphia is a confluence of things you might not otherwise see juxtaposed. In the first case, it's crime on the one hand and a robust civic info network on the other. In the second case, it's the presence of crime once again, not far from the presence of one of the world's truly elite institutions.
— Lee Huang (@leehuang) September 21, 2014
And that's my 'hood in a nutshell: a quirky mix of university and city, blight and beauty, crushing poverty and conspicuous affluence. And hipsters, lots of hipsters...but also lots of baby carriages, skaters, Muslims in full garb, college professors, Chinese grandmas, and ambitious upper-middle class families. We worry over drug corners, partake of Halloween parades and farmer's markets, and revel in historic architecture and transit access. I wouldn't have it any other way.