Wednesday, October 14, 2009
There are two sides to every story, every coin...the same seems to hold true for Germantown. It seems as if there are two different worlds existing within the Philadelphia neighborhood.
Houses range from the low part of the $100,000 to $500,000 and $600,000. Taking a look at the statistics, Germantown residents make a medium income of about $30,000, with 20-24% living below the poverty line. Something either doesn't add up, or there are two very different sets of people who call Germantown their home.
As you drive down Germantown Avenue, you see the many businesses, residents waiting for the bus and the general flow of life. Keep driving though, and you see a neighborhood bespeckled with lavish, historic-looking houses. The two worlds do not seem to interlock.
According to the 2000 Census, in many of the sects included in Germantown, the housing units that renter-occupied double, triple or are even six times the amount of those that are owner-occupied. In other sects, though, those figures are switched around, containing double the owner-occupied properties.
Does this mean that there are two separate lifestyles in the Germantown neighborhood? It’s possible, but all included help to create a diverse cultural hub.
Katie Annesley and Raymond Andrews, Team 12, Germantown
Posted by katieannesley at 9:11 AM