On Friday morning, after Gov Tom Wolf essentially shut down Montgomery County, many residents woke up confused and uncertain, heading to supermarkets and bulk suppliers, almost embarrassed to admit they’d bought toilet paper like the rest of the country.
From homeowners needing rain collectors, to undocumented immigrants seeking municipal IDs, to fearful Chinese residents looking for the straight story on coronavirus — Mingchu “Pearl” Huynh helps them all.
Angst is roiling minority neighborhoods as they struggle to balance the opportunities and the threats created by gentrification. “West Philly is the new Africa,” one resident warned at a community meeting. “Everyone wants the property that’s in West Philadelphia.”