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    When North Philly Slowly Left Me

    A Temple student and North Philly native grapples with their duel identity and love-hate relationship with the area that raised them.   You could say North Philly and I have had a love-hate relationship. Growing up in Juniata, my world was encompassed by North Philly. Everything I needed was within our own small borders. I remember spending weekends at Hunting Park. Lines and lines of cars were parked around the road, music blaring through the large speakers installed. I would sit at the gazebo on the hill, ice cream in hand from the truck that rolled by, watching as families ate together and laughed down below me. After the official…

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    Take a Hit from Poe’s Sandwich Joint

    After well-known marijuana activist N.A. Poe was arrested and put on four-years probation for holding a ‘smokeeasy’ pot party in Northeast Philadelphia in April 2017, he decided that it was time to make a change that help him enter the legitimate business world. Poe, whose real name is Richard Tamaccio Jr., is now the owner of Poe’s Sandwich Joint on the corner of Frankford Avenue and Marlborough Street in Fishtown. Developing his pot-friendly business, which he says puts the ‘joint’ in ‘sandwich joint,’ has been quite the journey for Poe, who first began crafting his plans in a trusty marble composition book. Those who visit Poe’s are greeted with a…