REALITY CHECK: OF COURSE, IT WAS NICETOWN

Written by on August 15, 2019

The shootout with city police yesterday was in a struggling stretch of North Philly that has too often seen violence. WURD’s afternoon host wonders if now the neighborhood will get some help

As worried Philadelphians and the world were gripped by images of a fierce, 8-hour standoff of gun battles and crouching police, many Philadelphians weren’t really all that surprised by one aspect: where it went down.

Nicetown may be one of the more oxymoronic designations for a large city neighborhood brutally tucked into an armpit corner of North Philadelphia. There are constant jokes surrounding its name, even while most of its residents have struggled to carve out a defiant contradiction of normalcy. Wednesday’s epic shootout is a sign of Nicetown-Tioga’s generations-long war with itself and the many problems that have plagued it.

Of course, a situation where a half-dozen Philadelphia police officers are shot—thankfully, perhaps miraculously, doing okay—is a situation that will dramatically alter the city’s usual discourse on violence. Philly has had a growing gun violence problem for a while; it’s steadily creeped into crisis status.

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Reader's opinions
  1. Eric Marsh Sr   On   August 16, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I am disappointed by the underlying theme of your article. “Of course, it was Nicetown” fails to take into account that in reality Nicetown is NOT unlike many other areas of Philadelphia or the rest of the country. Nicetown has been home to me and my family for three generations and I have seen it go through its changes.
    What happened on Wednesday evening was only exceptional because police were the victims. Philadelphia has seen six mass shootings this year with a total of 30 people injured and two dead. The majority of these happening in South, Southwest and West Philadelphia. Nicetown is not exceptional.
    The reality is that Nicetown has not had a “generational war with itself”. What it has been at war with is the benign neglect of city administrators and elected officials who have failed to invest in the residents and small businesses that supported the community in it’s hay-day. The person that perpetrated this horrendous act may or may not have been a long-term resident of Nicetown, we don’t know yet, but what we do know is that they were an individual. He is not indicative of every, nor most, nor even a large percentage of the residents there. Your article leaves the impression that Nicetown is overflowing with ravenous killers waiting for an opportunity to make national news. Not only is that false but it is irresponsible and disrespectful. The one thing you said that was accurate, the fact that “philly has had a growing gun violence problem for a while …” is what we should be focusing on. Not separating one already neglected and traumatized neighborhood from all the others that suffer from the same ills and challenges.

  2. Thomas McCloskey   On   August 21, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I ve been listening in and Im a white man its unbelievable to say the mummer did it for police.listen if a threat is outspoken by any1 and you are a different color.If I was to go into a shop at 23rd And Lehigh saying you racist people are going to pay.yes its terristic threats. Ethnic intimidation.and it could b a felony.stop with the they and you mean white people. Black people have more city employee s. Im a felon and besides D.O.C. and F.B.I. every cop in distict white and black kept an eye on me.and I respected all of them. 1st I respect the uniform n the badge.WHEN A POLICE OFFICER SHOUTS A COMMAND TO YOU IF YOUR NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG IT WILL TAKE A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME IF YOUR NOT BREAKING LAW AND DONT ACT THE FOOL.SHOUTING AND MAKING A SEEN JUST DO WHAT YOUR TOLD AND IT WILL BE RESOLVED IN A MINUTE OR 2. AND TALKING ABOUT EATCH WHAT YOU SAY LIVE IN FISHTOWN AND THERE ARE ARMED ROBBERY S EVERY WEEKEND AND GUESS HOW IS THE PERPS? PARENTS NEED TO PARENT NEIGHBORS NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR EACHOTHER CLEAN YOUR STOOP SIT ON IT DONT LET YOUR CHILDREN SELL DRUGS ON CORNER.SHUT IT DOWN ITS DRUG DEALERS N THUGS CARRYING GUNS AND IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED.PUNKS AMOUNG US WHERE DO YOU LIVE YOU DONT LIVE IN THE HOOD WHY? I GET YOUR FROM THE HOOD SO AM I.AND NEWS CANT SAY BLACK MEN ON NEWS CANT EBEN GIVE A DISCRIPTION IF IT WAS 3 BLACK MEN NREDS TO B SAID. I WILL SAY THIS MY SON N NEPHEWS ACTUALLY IS WITH A BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMAN GETTING MARRIED AND HAVING A BABY.ITS GREAT I SEE HIGH SCHOOL KIDS OF ALL NATIONALITY HANGING AND GETTING ALONG MY SON BEST FRIENDS 1 GREAT KID BLACK ANOTHER. GREAT KID PR. AND THEY ARE LIKE BROTHERS.I THINK ITS GREAT OTHER PERS OF MINE MIGHT NOT FEET SAME STOP SPREADING THE HATE.WHITE PEOPLE CANT GET ON THE AIRWAYS AND SPEW THE HATE OR OUR FEERLESS LEADER MR AL SHARPTEN WILL B HEAR WITH THE MEGAPHONE.SHUTING US DOWN.THE MAN SHOT 6 POLICE OFFICERS.SHOULD HAVE JUST STOPPED AND DID WHAT HE WAS TOLD.MUST OF BEEN UP TO SOMETHING WHEN POLICE SERVE WARRANTS TO WRIGHT OR WRONG HOUSE THEY YELL AND YELL YOU THERE COMING IN.OK WELL HAVE NICE DAY REALLY CAUSE i do listen here and there love the grove music really love it.just please realize theres a propper way to act and carry yourself. So do accordingly.ty.

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