"Pass me that 40 homie!"
The Northern Liberties section of Philly has apparently decided that selling 40s in a Foodery takeout beer shop (read, "liquor store") in that section of town is not allowed.
"Under an unusual agreement aimed at keeping lowlifes off its high-priced turf, a Northern Liberties neighborhood group backed off its opposition to the Foodery takeout beer shop after the store's owner promised not to stock Colt and other cheap malt liquors."
Can you read between the lines?
Lowlife: We know what this really means. This means people that are poor and seen as a threat to the community and its residents. I will not bring race into the picture though we know what the underlying assumption is.
High-priced turf: Either this neighborhood has always been nice or it's being
"In recent years, Northern Liberties has become a center for local artists and musicians. Large improvement and revitalization projects have also been undertaken recently causing a large jump in property values. The neighborhood has been targeted for revitalization because it is very close to Center City yet contains many vacant lots and abandoned historic properties. Like many Philadelphia neighborhoods, the housing stock is primarily made up of rowhouses"
Can you read between the lines?
Revitalization nowadays means gentrification. Learn that right now while reading this post. It's happened in SW and NW D.C., it's happened in Baltimore, it's going to come to a hood/project near you. Please believe it!
"Large jump in property values..." Of course. Considering you are
Funny thing is, people in the hood/ghetto know what revitalization really means, but just aren't empowered enough to do anything about it. That's the sad part.
"The agreement, which was approved by the city Zoning Commission, specifically bans the sale of popular but often-condemned 40-ounce bottles...The neighborhood group thought carrying 40-ouncers would attract panhandlers and riffraff....In addition to Colt 45, the deal bans the sale of Crazy Horse,Old English 800, St. Ides and Silver Thunder, as well as other malt liquors in 40-ounce bottles"
Who do YOU KNOW that drinks 40s? Better yet, who do "they" assume are the 40-drinkers? We've all seen Boyz N Da Hood and Menace II Society. We know who's coppin' the 2-11's (Steel Reserve) and Colt 45 and St. Ides. The bruhs most likely.
THE SAD PART:
I can't be mad! I can't be mad that people want to keep their neighborhood clean. I can't be mad they don't want drunks, panhandlers, or whatever other sketchy characters around their homes and their kids. I wouldn't want any of that in my neighborhood either.
BUT THE QUESTION IS...
What are they doing to help these people that they don't want around? What is the local government doing? Is it about getting them away from you and f*ck-em after that? Or is it about saying, "There's a problem, we are going to try to stop it from affecting us, but we want to help these people. Because they're people, just like we are".
I realize it's not the responsibility (necessarily) of the residents to help these people, it's more of a governmental issue. While they're spending all this time coming to terms on zoning agreements and dishing out more liquor licenses, maybe they could be looking into ways to more effectively help these people. Like ways to attract them to places that can help them with their drinking/drug problem. Places that can help them get clean, get a job, and get on the right track.
So many areas of this country enforce incarceration OVER rehabilitation. And even worse, incarceration WITHOUT rehabilitation. People need help with their problems, not to be locked in a cell where they can form even more destructive ways.
Nowadays so many people are concerned with the value of their home and the value of their neighborhood as a whole and trying to maintain it and keep it rising. But what about the value of human life? Do we just not give a F*CK anymore? DAMN!
Moral to my story. People like the one you're about to see don't need to be thrown from one ghetto to another or from one jail cell to another. They need to be rehabilitated!
It might be funny at first, but when you think about it, is it really funny?