Philadelphians speak out soberly about the city's spreading crime epidemic.
Chris Daniels (right)
Neighborhood: North Philadelphia.
"To beat crime, you need more police officers. You've gotta pay for that, and no one wants to. One of the main problems in this city is the no-snitching thing."
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia.
Occupation: Lecturer at Penn.
"I haven't been mugged, but everyone else has. My neighbor's daughter was shot on our street. Down the block at the community center, a teenager was shot and killed. We all live close to it. I haven't been attacked, but it's all around me. My block is mostly safe, and in order to perform my daily business, I convince myself I'm safe. But the cognitive dissonance has to affect people."
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties.
Occupation: Owns a fitness studio in Northern Liberties.
"It's scary--especially with my 19-year-old daughter working in the neighborhood. Before you could say, 'It's a drug thing.' But it's not just a drug thing anymore. It's the randomness that scares me."
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