Kevin Cook

Frankford Ave & Wellington St. Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia. 2018

Northeast Philly

Northeast Philadelphia is the most rapidly changing section of Philadelphia. It went from 92% white in 1990 to 58% white in 2010. It now has a larger contingent of African Americans, Hispanics and Asians. About 25-30% of Philadelphians live in the Northeast. 

Furthermore, poverty has increased 62% in certain sections of NE Philly since 2000. Between 1990 and 2017, poverty in Mayfair (a neighborhood in the NE) has increased 420%. This escalation is the largest of any Philadelphia neighborhood. 

While Philadelphia is a predominantly liberal city, there is consistent rivalry between Republicans and Democrats in some parts of the Northeast. The Northeast, once home to a large portion of Irish Catholic middle class families, is now one of the most diverse, complicated, but unique sections of Philly.

Data derived from Pew Research, Census documents and news articles. Zine can be purchased here.

Tacony, Northeast Philly. October 2016.

"My parent's were hard working. That's in my blood," said Mickey, who was born and raised in Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia. Mickey works as handyman doing carpentry, painting, yard work and a variety of other jobs. He's also recently married. "I work to support my family, that's what keeps me going," he said.

Blue Lives Matter protest at Frankford Ave and Cottman Ave in Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia July 2016. Although Philadelphia is mostly a Democratic city, the Northeast is a mix of Republicans and Democrats ... "Jawn" is a slang word in Philly that can be used in any conversation to mean anything: a person, place or thing.

Prada & Dior

Irish Dancers practice before the 2016 Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
The Philadelphia Parade is the 2nd oldest Parade in the Country, topped only by the New York City Parade.

Elaine, a mother of four, who takes care of two disabled children.

"We used to meet at [Pennypack Park] all the time. She was my best friend. I never thought I'd meet someone like her after I broke up with my ex. We tried so hard to have a kid, but it just wasn't working. I'm just broken, you know. I'm so hurt. Sometimes I come here and just look up in the sky and remember her. I swing on the swings. When she died I just wanted to keep using, I wanted to forget everything. I still call her phone every night hoping she'll answer." - Tim on the death of his girlfriend, Candice, who passed from a heroin overdose

Philadelphia Police Cadets before the start of the 2016 Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade. 2016 was the 40th anniversary of the parade. It is Philadelphia's largest neighborhood parade.

Tacony, 2018

Remember Everyone Ain't Loyal, Desyree's tattoo. 215 is Philly's area code.

Jay and his daughter Ariella, who is named after Ariel and Cinderella.

The Philly Pretzel Factory along Frankford Ave. It was the first pretzel factory built in Philly.

Wednesday's license plate. Her dad ordered it for her when she was 17 and got her first car. She's had the plate over 30 years.

The entrance to Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia off of Interstate 95, 2015.