Cornering the Market
Regarding Steve Volk’s cover story about the Top 10 drug corners in 2011:
It’s quite interesting that instead of going city wide, you used only the Fairhill/West Kensington neighborhoods. It’s obvious to see why. This underbelly black market is very much hidden from the eyes of most and it’s good to occasionally shed light on it. Will anything be done about it? No. Those blocks have been running for years and years. I thought it was very amusing that the pictures from each of these blocks only show trash and abandoned houses. You must have felt that vibe in the area. That cold chill that says, “If I take a shot of these open air dealings going down, those pictures will not only be gone forever, but you might also.” I’ve tried to photograph these areas but there are so many people there engrossed in the trade, as soon as you take a shot, the whole block thinks you are an undercover cop. I’m not from that neighborhood nor do I feel that the dealings down there are good, but the system for which it is run, is amazingly well-networked. Runners, spotters, mini bosses, guys who do the handoff and people who you see there everyday part of it, who never speak of drugs, never touch them, and won’t be going down for them on any street rip basis.
ANONYMOUS, via email
I read your article and have been doing drug/alcohol work for a while. The problem is complicated. The solution costs money and commitment, of which there is none in Philadelphia. There is of course money to keep the city gentrified. There are lots of folks in our community who are committed to “recovery,” aka healing. Too bad this isn’t a priority for the mayor.
E., via email
Mayor May I
Regarding Matt Petrillo’s recent article about Mayor Nutter’s delayed reaction to flash mobs:
I just don’t get why the Philly media are picking on the mayor for telling the truth. So now there’s a problem with his allegedly taking too long to address the flash mob situation in the city? He just can’t do anything right, can he? He’s done more than Street ever did, whom you people never attacked with as much venom as you’re doing with Nutter. Nowhere in that column did I see Mr. Petrillo pounce on the unfit parents who were the main reason why these mobs got out of control in the first place. Priorities, people.
DONNA DI GIACOMO, Germantown
Given the Green Light
Regarding Daniel Rackley’s Q&A with Councilman Bill Green:
I enjoyed the interview with Philadelphia’s future mayor, William Green, Jr. The powers in the city want him to be mayor and he will do about as good a job as his father. Did you know that William Green, Sr. was mayor for a term in the 1980s? Councilman Green says the school district has wasteful spending. Can he elaborate? “Yeah” is a pretty neutral response. Also, is Councilman Green just realizing that the school district cannot perform the job it was mandated to do? Bsck in 2003, the Commonwealth decided the district couldn’t do the job and that is why it took over the district and imposed a School Reform Commission. Councilman Green could also tell us who paid for the buy out of Dr. Ackerman. I would like to know.
JAN, via email
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