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The Truth About Philadelphia
Program 1

Denise Brown
Delivery Ward Nurse, Germantown

Glenn: How do you think the, what, what you do for a living, how do you think it affects the way you see the world when you're not here?

Denise: Hum. I guess, umm, I don't know. I guess I, I see it as there always being hope, you know. Um, that there's always going to be, um, a new beginning, you know. That, um, each day it is really the first day of the rest of your life. Um, there's always a chance to start over and to do things a little bit differently. Um, or to get it quote, unquote "right," you know, this time. This is how I see it, you know. There's always, every day is somebody's birthday. Somebody's birthday. Yeah.

Glenn: What do you think has to happen so the, those places can be healed?

Denise: Well I think peoples' attitudes have to change, you know. Umm, uh, especially. And I'm gone back to the drugs again. Especially, you know, uh, towards the drugs. I think they have to have a sense of their own self and, and, umm, a sense of, of hope, you know, so that, they don't feel that they need drugs just to, to get by each day, you know. And a lot of times that's what people feel, you know. And people who, who sell the drugs, they feel that that's their only means of, uh, making it, you know, in, in society of really having, I guess, the "American dream," quotes, unquote. You know, being able to have their car and their house and their money to do whatever, you know. I, I think it has a lot to do with people's priorities and just their own perspective on what, you know, (announcement in background) life is about, you know. And, and about, uh, the drugs getting into the neighborhoods and stuff. And I think that, uh, people have to, and, and it's a big job, too. They have to kind of like stand up and want to take their, their neighborhoods back and not feel hopeless and not feel that they, uh, don't have a say in whether or not the drug dealers come through there or ride through their neighborhoods and, and, ah, stand on the corners and, and, and sell it. Or people who come from outside of their neighborhoods who come into their neighborhoods to, to buy the drugs. So (cough) That would help anyway and that's a start.

Glenn: Are there any personality qualities that are shared by Philadelphian's from all different neighborhoods? Is there like a Philadelphia personality? How would you describe it? Another way of asking that is, is there anything true about all Philadelphians that they have in common?

Denise: Oh, okay. Umm, hmm, is there anything true about all of us? I think that, umm, in my opinion, I think that they love where they live. You know, they love, uh, umm, their particular neighborhood that they live in. I think that's true about all of us. Uh, gosh, I can't say that I really, I can really pick out any one thing. We love water ice, and soft pretzels.

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