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.
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"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