Other big drug corners that didn't make the print edition.
There appears to be a delivery service operating here and some other stuff besides.
A gray-haired man in a wheelchair hands some cash to a young man who retreats indoors. When he returns a few seconds later, he hands something over to the old man, who pops whatever it is directly into his mouth and starts rolling away down the street.
Some guys sitting on a stoop in the morning with a Nextel propped open on the stairs beside them are there again five hours later, in the afternoon--only now they stand amid a swarm of 15 or 20 people.
One of them, a big dude in shades and a sweatshirt, holds the Nextel like a walkie-talkie and talks into it almost constantly. Guys on bikes roll up to him--the same guys every few minutes--then pedal off into the distance.
>> Poverty rate, 2000 Census: 29.2 percent
>> Priciest home: One home sold for $408,000 in 2005.
13th and Locust sts., Washington Square West
Incredibly, the 13th and Locust area remains a good place to get into all kinds of trouble. This reporter has been solicited for various products--pills, rock, powder, weed, "anything you need"--on a number of occasions.
The street operation often sets up around the high-speed line stop at 13th and Locust and also over on the corner of Chestnut Street. Lately locals say most of the drug dealing goes on around 12th and Spruce streets. And Judy Applebaum, president of the Washington Square West Civic Association, says they're still unsatisfied with the police response.
"All my folks know who the drug dealers in the neighborhood are," says Applebaum, "and it seems to me that if we can do that, it shouldn't be too hard for the police to figure out who the drug dealers are."
This corner didn't make the published list for one big reason: There are far too many Philadelphians living in far more danger than the residents of this relatively privileged part of the city. But that's also the reason PW printed an entire series of stories on drug dealing in this neighborhood a few summers back--and why 13th and Locust rates a mention here.
If the city of Philadelphia can't stop brazen drug dealing a block from the tony Avenue of the Arts, what hope do we have?
"From time to time they do a series of drug busts," says Applebaum. "But the dealers just lay low for a few weeks. We need sustained coverage, a task force, or however the Police Department does it, and not just for a couple of weeks, so the dealers don't get busted and just come back."
Poverty rate, 2000 Census: 36.3 percent.
Priciest home: This area boomed since the last census. As an example, condo units at 1324 Locust St. were going for more than $200,000 in 2006.
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