ultimo coffee: Philadelphia Metropolis
Welcome to Point Breeze, where old and new residents are fighting over the future of the neighborhood --sometimes literally. In a clash dominated by race and class, change means pain for long-time residents who are working to stop development. Reporter Ryan Briggs examines life in this South Philadelphia neighborhood with an in-depth report from the front lines.
There is a touch of espionage when it comes to people in Point Breeze talking about their neighborhood. Everyone uses code words. Property developers and their supporters aren't building to make money, they're "revitalizing a community." Opposition to development is guised as a fear of "rising property values", instead of a fear of racial change.