The Route 222 corridor travels through Lehigh, Berks and Lancaster counties. The thoroughfare is a route many commuters in southeastern Pennsylvania use to connect to New Jersey, New York and each other. It also snakes through three cities – Allentown, Reading and Lancaster – which have become growing hubs for Pennsylvania’s immigrant, transplanted and native Latinos. The route connects more than an estimated 251,300 Latinos, a quarter of the entire ethnicity in the commonwealth.
The Corridor Counts project is three-part series that profiles Latinos in each county along Route 222 in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election. The stories are a part of the America Amplified Initiative and shed light on the needs, concerns and motivations of Latino Pennsylvanians as the country approaches the November election.
From the Corridor Counts Series
Corridor Counts series: Lancaster couple contemplates police reform, and each arrives at different view of whether one vote matters
After a police shooting happens on their block, the young parents examine how voting can secure a more stable future.
Corridor Counts series: She could lose her home. She can’t vote. But, she says, ‘I am an activist’ for this Reading community
The election affects not only Americans, but also millions of immigrants. One mother in Reading is doing what she can to change her community.
Corridor Counts series: In Allentown, two Latinos — one Republican, one Democrat — have a common foe: The Democratic establishment
Different motives fuel the fight against the city’s most popular party.