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I live in South Philadelphia in a neighborhood called Bella Vista. I make my glass and clay creations in the basement workshop of my 160-year old house. I love this neighborhood. It's better than Disneyland and has a fascinating history. Someone is always shooting a T.V show or movie here. So many interesting people live here-lots of artists and creative people. It is not yet so gentrified that it's lost its funk. The best thing about the neighborhood is the food. My house is directly between Sarcone's Bakery and Isgro's Bakery . When they start to bake, the aromas waft through the neighborhood.

Every ethnic group that moves here opens up stores and restaurants. Besides Italians, we have lots of people from South East Asia and Mexicans have recently started to settle here. One of my favorite past times is to go into an ethnic grocery, buy stuff I have never seen before, and then go home and figure out what to do with it.

Of course, the jewel in the crown of Bella Vista is the Ninth Street Market. It has been operating for over 100 years. If you can't come in person, visit the web site.