Philadelphians speak out soberly about the city's spreading crime epidemic.
Neighborhood: Delaware County.
Occupation: Union plumber.
"I work in Center City at the Comcast building. There's very much been an increase in violence. People just don't care. They're just gonna kill ya. I used to live in Center City. I work in the city, but at nighttime I'm not comfortable. I saw somebody get shot in my old neighborhood. A guy was running down the street, and a dude just shot him for no reason. My next-door neighbor said, 'Do me a favor--give me a ride. I have to go get my aunt.' So I took him to Southwest. He goes into the house; I hear boom boom boom. He comes out, points the gun at me, and says, 'Take me home,' with a couple bad words. I took him home, and I went right to the police station and reported it. I was like, 'I'm out. Done.' That's when I left."
Neighborhood: North Philadelphia.
"They've been saying they need to get more cops on the streets, and they still haven't really done much. I personally don't really worry that much, but you always have in the back of your head that something could happen."
Neighborhood: West Powelton.
Occupation: Community activist.
"We have to stop the flow of guns onto the streets. We've got 12-, 13-year-olds who can go out and get a gun on the street. It's already made its way into Center City. Center City isn't going to be a safe place if we don't invest money in the neighborhoods."
PW's Summer Guide 2014