On the Broad Street Line

According to SEPTA Route Statistics, 147,000 people take the Broad Street Line daily. You can find a lot of these people on their phones, listening to music, or chatting with other subway riders. These are your average, every day, Philadelphians and these are the people who will be voting to elect our next president. Traveling both southbound and northbound on the Broad Street Line, I asked eight strangers the same question: “what do you think about today’s political climate?” and received different perspectives from these riders.

Armani, 22, heads southbound on the Broad Street Line, on Friday, February 21, 2020. In response to being asked about today’s political climate, she says, “I don’t really talk about it that much because I work for the government. Are you talking about Trump and all of them? I don’t know what I should say.”
Teakena, 24, heads southbound on the Broad Street Line, on Friday, February 21, 2020. In response to being asked about today’s political climate, she says, “I think it’s a mess honestly. There’s too much going on and everyone’s running for political positions just because.”
Shynaise, 17, heads northbound on the Broad Street Line on Friday, February 21, 2020. In response to being asked about today’s political climate, she says, “I don’t know. I don’t like [Trump].”
Rosa, 29, heads northbound on the Broad Street Line on Friday, February 21, 2020. In response to being asked about today’s political climate, she says, “it’s awful. I hope that in the future that it’ll get better and our country can come together and work together for a better future.”
Karen, 43, heads southbound on the Broad Street Line on Friday, February 21, 2020. After being asked about today’s political climate, she responds “it’s bad. Yes, it is. Are they gonna attempt to try and fix it?”
Khaliah, 17, heads southbound on the Broad Street Line, on Friday, February 21, 2020. Her response to the question about today’s political climate, is “I don’t wanna curse. It’s not together. It’s all over the place.”
Kiam, 16, heads northbound on the Broad Street Line, on Friday, February 21, 2020. In response to being asked about today’s political climate, she says, “I don’t know. I don’t really know too much about politics. I don’t really care that much honestly.”
Leon, 28, heads northbound on the Broad Street Line on Friday, February 21, 2020. After being asked about today’s political climate, he says, “Aww man. Honestly? You want my honest opinion? It’s trash to be honest with you. To me it’s just a lot of people making promises they hope to keep, and they never do.”
A newspaper with an article about Donald Trump found on the ground in the Lawncrest neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia in February, 2020.

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