Residents say Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez turned her back on them.
It wasn’t always like this. Quiñones-Sánchez lived in the neighborhood for years and was active with Latino education group Aspira and other community groups. At an ENPC sponsored event at the Al-Asqa Islamic Society during the 2007 elections, Quiñones-Sánchez told the community: “I would guarantee almost 100 percent of the land should go to affordable housing and community owned businesses.”
“I will guarantee to you that I will work not only with this coalition but other members throughout the district to make sure that the city does not become the problem in turning around this land.”
Since then, the relationship deteriorated drastically.
“Maria could be a great ally and we’re hoping she will be,” Lichtash says.” We want her to be our friend and we want to say good things about her. Right now it’s almost as if she’s not taking responsibility for doing what she says she would do.”
The ENCP is dedicated to affordable housing and public green space. Quiñones-Sánchez says she is dedicated to the cause as well.
Together, they could make Eastern North Philly a model for sustainable development— if they’re still talking.
“They threatened me,” Quiñones-Sánchez says. “They said I have 60 days to meet with them or else. Right now I’m waiting to hear what the or else is. I want to be in elected office for a long time but I don’t want groups that I work with closely to threaten me. I asked them to hold off that meeting. “