In Bridgeport, racism is roiling the borough, and the last nine months have been none too easy for the town's first African American and openly gay mayor. In Philadelphia, though, one thing is connecting more of us than originally thought: potentially hazardous industrial sites. There's an average of three per block across the city, according to new research. But there's still reason to celebrate, and it's spelled E-A-G-L-E-S. After a shaky start to the season, the old Super Bowl Birds were back last night to dominate over the Giants, hopefully giving us a glimpse of things to come. And speaking of Philly specials, this urban fisherman says he used none other than soft pretzels and hot dogs to catch a catfish in a Center City storm drain. Yeah, really. Reading this online? Sign up here to get this newsletter delivered to your inbox every morning. — Oona Goodin-Smith (@oonagoodinsmith, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The last nine months haven't been smooth sailing for Mark Barbee, Bridgeport's first African American and openly gay mayor.
Since he assumed the role in January in the town where nearly 80 percent of residents are white, council meetings have devolved into heated arguments, the police chief has stepped down, two council members have resigned, and Barbee has received death threats on social media.
The mayor and his supporters say Bridgeport needs to combat racism and take steps to prevent its spread.
His critics say their complaints have nothing to do with the mayor's race or sexual orientation, and that they simply disagree with him over policy and approach.
But there is one thing they can agree on: the borough is divided, and it's reflective of the national scene.
It may be more likely than you think.
In neighborhoods like Kensington and Northern Liberties, remnants of an industrial past loom large in plain sight. And, as documented by the Inquirer and Daily News' Toxic City investigation, the hazards remain as well.
But, according to new research, the hidden threats span across Philadelphia, with an average of three potentially hazardous industrial sites per square block.
The Birds are back.
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