NEW YORK – When I was growing up in Harlem, just about everyone I encountered looked like me. My friends, my teachers, the people in the stores I went to, and my neighbors. Sure, there were a few Puerto Ricans, mostly in the bodegas and hair salons, and then there was Martin, the one white kid in my 4th grade class.
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — Tang Laundromat stands apart as a heirloom of the past, among newer business ventures, in a gentrified Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown. Yet the establishment is still indispensable to the community.