South Philadelphia is one of the most culturally and economically diverse regions of the city, but that has not stopped its residents from forming tight-knit communities.
“South Philadelphia used to be one big neighborhood called Southwark, which was primarily populated by white immigrants,” said Charles Gottesman, a 12-year resident of the area. “But, over the last two decades the population changed.”
The population of South Philadelphia has diversified. During the 1990s there was a 136 percent increase in the Asian population, a 59 percent increase in the Hispanic population and a 14 percent decrease in the white population.
“The neighborhood is pretty nice. Everybody gets along well and they’re really sociable,” said Keisha Morris, who recently moved from West Philadelphia to Queen Village. “They say a lot of bad things about South Philadelphia, but I haven’t really seen anything like that. It’s about the person you are inside, skin color doesn’t have anything to do with it.
“We have a lot of other things to worry about. We have to worry about how we’re going to eat, how we’re going to put gas in our car, there’s no point in worrying about the color of somebody’s skin,” Morris said.