Did everybody enjoy the snow squall yesterday (and the buzzing alerts on your phones)? At least it looked pretty from where I was sitting. The forecast indicates it’s going to stay cold today, but without any precipitation.
In this newsletter, we look at two Philadelphia neighborhoods that seemed similar a decade ago but aren’t anything alike in 2020. And what would you do if someone named “Daddy Bernie” popped up on a dating app?
The North Philadelphia neighborhood of Tioga-Nicetown and South Philly’s Point Breeze weren’t so different just 10 years ago. By demographic, socioeconomic, and other measures, they lined up. Now, Point Breeze is buzzing with construction, with some homes fetching around $700,000. Meanwhile, Tioga-Nicetown has seen its median household income drop by $8,000 over the last decade, according to recently released census data.
The divergence between the neighborhoods is in some ways an example of the gentrification seen in Philadelphia. One expert on gentrification says that places either are being gentrified or are being continually disinvested, with little in between.
Swipe right. Right. Right. Left. Right. Left. Left. Bernie Sanders.
It might be a new era of grassroots political campaigning. And a man living in Collingswood has taken his politics to the dating app Tinder. While he insists he’s not trying to find dates with his gallery of Sanders images or “Daddy Bernie” name, Alex Scheinberg, 26, wants to promote his favorite candidate. In fact, dating apps are increasingly becoming a venue for political endorsement and engagement.
I’ve got to say, that’s a squallity picture, @someguyinphilly!
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“So the president must decide. If he wants allies’ help, he will have to heed their concerns about a new nuclear deal. And if he wants to negotiate with Tehran (with chances slim to slimmer), he would need to send skilled diplomats to conduct backdoor diplomacy rather than set policy by tweet.” — Inquirer columnist Trudy Rubin writes about the latest developments between the U.S. and Iran.