FOX 29's Hank Flynn set up a couple of chairs out in North Philly the other day.
With the first presidential debates behind us and a big vote coming up, I wondered... what's up with America? Maybe I could find out on North American Street. "It goes with the city, it goes with this country. This is a good country to live in." said one gentleman who sat down with me. "I been here 46 years already," he said, adding that he "came here when I was 14 years old." Where was the gentleman born? Puerto Rico.
With most of North American Street zoned industrially, it's a good place to set up shop. Change may be afoot, however, with some recent zoning changes made by Philadelphia's City Council that could allow more residences and more storefronts along North American Street. For now, though, some guys are getting by on sheer elbow grease, and the Fox 29 Newsmobile needed a bath. "It's' pretty good," said Edgar, describing how much business his street-side power washing business is getting. "You bring home some good money." His partner, Edgar, says he pays $2,000 dollars per month in bills. "That's the only thing you do -- work, work work. And when you get a chance, you take vacation."
It's worth noting that so many of the people you meet on North American street come from America's unofficial 51st state of Puerto Rico. But isn't the dream alive in the ideas and work of people like Edgar and Luis, who are glad to detail your car for $15? What's your American street? How are you getting by? Let us know @fox29philly