Other big drug corners that didn't make the print edition.
There were far more corners nominated by police and city activists in our original poll--26--than we could include in print edition. Spots like 52nd and Westminster, 62nd and Elmwood and 58th and Woodland; North Philly strips like 12th and York, 33rd and Diamond, 16th and Brown, and Cambria from Front Street heading West for blocks.
Here are a few more spots we got a feel for.
17th and W. Cumberland sts.
An incredibly active corner. On a visit here two weeks ago four obvious hand-to-hand transactions went down in about 45 seconds as addicts shuffled past a corner store. This block has been on the police list of priority corners for more than a year, but no squad car was present while this corner was up and running last month.
"I usually do five Bs and then I'm gone," one man said to another as they stood on the corner opposite a reporter. "Not today. Today I'm coming back."
"B" stands for bundles, which is how individual packets of drugs are distributed for sale.
>> Poverty rate, 2000 Census: 35.7 percent.
>> Priciest home: The most expensive house nearby in the 1600 block of West Cumberland sold in 2001 for $25,000.
16th and Brown sts.
"I was really surprised about this spot," one undercover cop tells PW. "It's so close to Center City, but that might be why it's going. They're mostly dealing weed there."
This corner has been a mainstay on the list of police priority corners for a year.
>> Poverty rate, 2000 Census: 26.2 percent.
>> Priciest home: A three-story row home sold for $345,000 in 2006.
21st and Reed sts.
The corners come together in such a way in this part of South Philadelphia as to create a kind of bustling market-square effect. The guys who work this corner operate in front of a Chinese takeout, and they run a relatively brazen, old-fashioned hand-to-hand operation.
A hipster kid in sneaks and a cap walks up to the fellas, pulls a hand out of his pocket, and shakes with one kid. Another guy immediately advances and touches hands with him too. A few steps away from the corner he looks down at what he received, tucks it deep into his right pocket and keeps moving.
>> Poverty rate, 2000 Census: 28 percent.
>> Priciest home: A two-story row home in this block went for $325,000 in 2005.
16th and Catharine sts.
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