Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In Southwest Philadelphia some people had on rain boots and carried their umbrellas while others just stood in making sure they didn’t get wet. On a day like today May 18th supports for the republican and democratic parties had an optimistic view on voter turnouts regardless of the weather. As early as 7 am polls opened for voters to come and enjoy free snacks and of course show their support by voting in the Primary elections.
On Regent Street sits a small recreational facility called “McCreesh Playground” a local resident and running candidate, Maurice Jones stands greeting the very few voters that this cold and windy day has brought in. Jones, a single father is running for Committee person in the 40th ward and while conversing he hands me his “Five Year Plan: The Changing of a Neighborhood” handbook. Jones and I talk for a while about his plans and how he sees Southwest Philly’s great potential and only hopes that he can help it become an area that “everyone loves.”
In the neighborhood surrounding Eastwick and Elmwood Park we discovered many schools churches such as a Vietnamese Mennonite Church on Woodland Ave and many new businesses on 70th street. Although the weather made our trip to Southwest a wet one, the deep history of this neighborhood is clearly evident throughout every block we past.
By Daly Gonzalez
Team #5: Southwest
Posted by DalyG at 12:16 AM