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[NEWS] Voters In The City's Poorest Neighborhood Say They're Not Feeling The Love

 

From the Philadelphia Daily News

In the city's poorest neighborhood, registered voters can tell you the cost of a gallon of milk, down to the penny.

They can tell you the exact profit margin gained from hawking bottled water, bought by the case, for $1 apiece on the street.

They can tell you precisely what they paid in property taxes last year. Or readily name the worst drug corners within their 19133 ZIP code.

But asked which mayoral candidate they prefer, most draw a blank, either unsure who's running or what, if any, difference their vote would make in a pocket of North Philly long in the strangle-grip of poverty. A place where, for decades, nothing much changes, no matter who is mayor.

"All the mayoral candidates - every one - all they do is talk. Words go with the air," said Shamill Fuentes, a registered Democrat who works at a hair salon on the corner of Lehigh Avenue and Palethorp Street in West Kensington.