This morning my group and I visited Germantown. We walked up and down Chelten Ave and Germantown Ave observing the locale and the people. After that we went to various locations for interviews and information.
Our first stop was to visit the Germantown Free Library of Philadelphia. I looked at several copies of The Germantown Courier. We met the librarian, a Germantown resident who has worked their for 12 years. She talked to us about Germantown’s history, the economy, politicians, and provided several leads for me to pursue later in the afternoon. It was really an informative talk, she not only knew several places that I should visit but she was also very helpful in answering any questions I had.
Next we went to the location that used to be the Free Library. The librarian told us that they run a senior care center there called Center of the Park. We thought it might be something that we could use for our quality of life stories next week. The place was fascinating, and quite lively. The director of activities was very busy (today they were hosting a bizarre and preparing for a jazz tap show) but we exchanged numbers and got some literature to read before we go back next week.
The third lead was a bust. We went to visit an office that provided training in various skills for the unemployed. I was hoping to talk with these people since I saw their office last week. When we arrived we found out they were no longer in the office, but the signs were still there. Now, it was some kind of children’s hospital/daycare center. I took down their number and will probably call them tomorrow.
Next, we had some lunch at Gerrano’s Famous Pizza. They didn’t serve any pork products, which I thought was odd. I had some turkey-bacon for the first time, I know that’s not relevant but it was delicious. The food was actually really good, no pork aside.
It was a successful trip into Germantown. We all secured several interviews, saw some new places and people, and even found potential stories for later assignments.
Group 5 - Germantown