Killing for no reason hinders Philadelphia’s rating on the friendliness scale.
Jazmine Crowder couldn’t help but agree with the pollers on travelandleisure.com, where Philadelphia was rated 26th out of 30 cities on the friendliness scale.
“Philadelphia’s not friendly,” the soft-spoken 20-year-old said. “People need to stop killing for no reason.”
Crowder said she recently lost a friend who was killed and added that many kill over petty discrepancies without thinking things through.
“People want to rob somebody,” Crowder said, “but you don’t have to rob anyone. Just get a job.”
While Crowder isn’t employed at the moment, she is busy taking care of her 7-month-old son, who sat bundled up underneath a blanket in his stroller nearby.
Aside from Philadelphians working toward becoming friendlier, Crowder said that for the sake of her son, the city needs to repair the abandoned buildings lining her neighborhood and the surrounding community.
“These buildings and streets make the city look crappy,” Crowder, who has lived in Philadelphia her whole life, said. “They’ve fixed a nice amount of buildings up, but most of them still look horrible.”
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