you can always tell the health of an urban neighborhood by…

… the number of trick-or-treaters.

I just frustrated a few middle schoolers (way too old to go trick-or-treating) who knocked on our door and were miffed that we had no candy to give. They were probably also confused by the fact that both my roommate and I had yelled “come in!” in reply to the door-knocks.

We had done this because last year my roommates and I bought a big thing of candy in anticipation of the trick-or-treaters and none showed up. And so we expected this year to be the same. We didn’t even think about the chance of any trick-or-treaters coming. But, alas, they won’t stop knocking on our door tonight; the street is teeming with them. At this point, we’re just ignoring the knocks, not wanting to incur the wrath of any more children.

So much must have happened in the past year in our particular neighborhood of Graduate Hospital in Southwest Center City Philadelphia. It’s exciting to watch all that is happening in this amazing city we call home.


3 thoughts on “you can always tell the health of an urban neighborhood by…

  1. so your neighborhood is not an accurate representation of a healthy urban community because you received disgruntled pre-teen trick or treaters??? or are you saying your neighborhood exemplifies healthy urban renewal– in that last year you did not receive any trick or treaters– but this year, you did……?


  2. My point in this post was definitely excitement over the fact that more kids (and their parents) feel free to be out and about at night in our neighborhood. I didn’t mean for the cursing middle schoolers to be the point or steal the spotlight. Sorry for the confusion.


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