Monday, September 13, 2010
The Duval Improvement Association wrapped up the summer with a community block party on Saturday at the corner of Sherman and Duval streets. People were literally dancing in the street-Sherman Street. The smell of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill made me realize I didn't eat lunch. There was music, face painting, free food, games and prizes. The block was filled with a motley crew of people: African Americans, Whites and Latinos laughed and celebrated together.
Germantown has a diverse and rich history. It is sometimes called Freedom's backyard. And I am glad its my backyard. People often cringe when I tell them I live in Germantown. But, Germantown is more than just a inner-city neighborhood. It's my home. I love living in Germantown because there is a strong sense of community. Sure. It isn't perfect living in Germantown. You can't leave your bike on the porch unlocked. But, there is always something happening here. In someways, I believe its the heart of Philadelphia.
Looking around I realize its true. Children are hula hooping, drawing with chalk, line dancing and eating ice pops. Anyone walking by was greeted with a smile and forced to eat or drink something. My classmate, Jill was surprised to see how friendly and diverse the people were. I remember what she said to me after coming to the neighborhood block party. "It wasn't what I expected."
Germantown, Group: Fal028 Germantown
Sue Ann Rybak and Jillian Horn
Posted by Sue Ann Rybak at 12:37 PM