It's said that good fences make good neighbors, but when that fence is a shared wall in a gentrifying Philly neighborhood, civility is left at the door as tensions boil and raccoon carcasses are deposited on doorsteps in an all-out war. Meanwhile, tension among Pennsylvania and New Jersey soybean farmers caught in the middle of a tariff trade war between President Trump and China is rising as they ask for free trade over a presidential payout.
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For as long as there have been neighbors, there have been feuds. But Philadelphia's fast-changing, densely built rowhouse communities — where next-door neighbors share a party wall but sometimes very little else — can be particularly fraught.
As students pile in alongside third-generation homeowners and young professionals purchase new construction at quadruple the price of the house next door, conflicts too often blossom into all-out wars. The weapons: a call to the cops, a knife to a tire, and even, in one chilling case, a dead raccoon on a doorstep.
And while the president has asked the nation's farmers to "be a little patient" and offered $12 billion in emergency relief, they are repeating a familiar mantra: they want free trade, not aid.
If you're planning on beating the heat by heading down the Shore this weekend, bring an open mind and an empty stomach. Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan has unearthed some of the Shore's lesser-known culinary gems, out of the way but most definitely worth the trip.
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