Regarding Steve Volk’s cover story about the Top 10 drug corners in 2011:
The pervasiveness of this kind of evil does not exist without permission. Follow the money and you will find those who possess power and/or enough influence to stop it yet do nothing.
LALA, via philadelphiaweekly.com
A solution to this stuff could be the legalization of drugs. There should be at the least some discussion about it. The war on drugs has been lost.
VINNIE BUR, via philadelphiaweekly.com
You say, “If we legalized narcotics tomorrow surely the violent young men slinging dope on the corners of North Philadelphia would be rendered as obsolete as bootleggers after prohibition.” Wishful thinking. Take away that source of income and what, do these guys all just say “Hey, I guess the party is over, its time to put in my application at McDonalds?” Nope. They will turn to other avenues of crime and you will see robberies, burglaries, home invasions, etc. skyrocket. Residents of nice areas will be clamoring to make drugs illegal again just to keep armed gangs from invading their nice streets and have them go back to making their money slinging on ghetto corners.
KOOL EARL, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Nothing like walking down the steps from the El at the Somerset Station while going through the gauntlet with the vultures yelling “works” and “zannys.” This spot is like going to an aquarium and watching the fish just swim in circles. I have never, ever seen cops there stopping it. It is truly an open air drug market. I am not sure what is sadder; the addicts in a frantic search to get more, the nodding ones who just got it or the hookers putting their lives at risk to support their own habit. Believe it or not, there are actually people who do not go there to buy drugs or get a BJ. This has to be the most depressing and obscene intersection in all of Philadelphia and it’s just 15 minutes away from City Hall.
RAY, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Michael Alan Goldberg’s feature on mayoral candidate Diop Olugbala, who is leading an anti-curfew campaign:
If these “wolf-packs/flashmobs” aren’t racist, then I guess the KKK aren’t. If a group of people of one race targets people of another race, it’s racist. More so than saying a racist word. A mind is a terrible thing to waste and this Diop Olugbala and his admirers prove some people refuse to use their brains. If a person attacks others for no reason except to terrorize, they are criminals. Whether they are 11-years-old or 23. Whether they are black or white, male or female. Black president, black mayor, black police commissioner and black DA. America has changed and Diop thinks it hasn’t.
CHARLIE RETZEL, via philadelphiaweekly.com
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