Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This week marks the last week of our weekly journeys into Fishtown. A town whose history dates back to the early 1800’s, is home to many schools, businesses, restaurants and “Mom and Pop” shops. Because of its convenient distance to Center City, quite a few of Fishtown’s residents make the short commute to their jobs, by taking the Market-Frankford Subway or the 5 buses and trolleys. From pizza parlors to auto body shops, these business establishments located in the heart of Fishtown, serve to create an environment where its residents have no need to venture outside of its borders, unless to find a supermarket, which is not in the area.
Throughout our journeys in Fishtown, we have met many people; some with friendly faces that loved talking to us and being on camera and others who turned the other direction as soon as the words “film” or “camera” were spoken. Although Fishtown may lack in diversity, it surely does not lack in the amount of interesting people we met or passed by. From a dog whisperer who gave Ayana tips on how to discipline her dog Zuri to a humorous deli shop owner who had an opinion on just about anything related to Philadelphia and Fishtown and Pastor Dorsey, one of the leaders in the Brotherhood Rescue Mission organization, which has had it doors open to Fishtown for over 100 years.
Whether good or bad, Fishtown has definitely left Ayana and I with many memories and stories to share. Most importantly covering our neighborhood of Fishtown, has taught us one of the most valuable lessons all journalists should know: you have to be willing to step outside your comfort zones and talk to people. This is what makes a great journalist.
“Adieu, Adieu, parting is such sweet sorrow”
By: Ninah Bell & Ayana Comrie
Posted by fa09fishtown at 9:27 AM