This stands in opposition to ... , the economic damage of the lockdown is palpable. Because Kensington was an isolated place with a growing population of Spanish speakers, it was a natural spot to sell dope that turned out to be purer and 200 percent cheaper than product from Asia's Golden Triangle, Bourgois said. After Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, announced in mid-March that her officers would no longer bring in nonviolent offenders for booking, but rather issue a summons to appear in court, the subways and trains became moving bazaars for stolen goods. Scott Stewart, a cartels expert with the geopolitical intelligence publisher Stratfor, told Filter that the flow of illicit drugs across the border has not visibly slowed. —and unlike COVID-19, it was a political creation. A monthly membership helps lock it in. Butterworth and Sons Company Building, Jules E. Mastbaum Vocational Technical High School, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania", "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Beatty's Mills Factory Building", "Insane Surge in Philadelphia Gentrification", "Capt Anthony Palmer (1675-1749) - Find A Grave...", "Mother Jones leading a protest, circa 1903", "Today in labor history: Mother Jones leads march of miners' children", "Kensington: A Lot Of Heart Has Gone Into Revitalizing A Community", "Kensington: Rise and Fall of the Housing Market", "Kensington: Artists Make New Homes Amongst Longtime Residents", "Three Catholic schools closing in Bucks County", "Philadelphia's Kensington Avenue: Heroin, Prostitution, and No Police", Police arrest 'Kensington Strangler' person of interest, https://www.inquirer.com/philly/news/breaking/20120816_Kensington_Strangler_trial_ends_with_guilty_verdicts__life_terms.html, https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/kensington-addiction-covid-19-coronavirus-respite-center-20200409.html, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/10/magazine/kensington-heroin-opioid-philadelphia.html, https://housingalliancepa.org/trapped-by-the-walmart-of-heroin/, New Kensington Community Development Corporation, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kensington,_Philadelphia&oldid=989093823, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 November 2020, at 00:49. Stewart said he’s heard that there is so much surplus meth on the market that the cartels are “sitting on it” until prices rebound. The decline in product purity has kept many opioid-dependent Philadelphians in a state of near constant fear and anxiety, which is not a good combination in Kensington. , Kensington has experienced increasing social issues in recent years primarily related to drug abuse. Night or day, it's a very safe place. “That’s really kind of a different level of torture.”, Police allegedly came to Heidnik’s home due to complaints of a bad odor, but left after hearing Heidnik’s excuse: “I’m cooking a roast. But methamphetamine remains abundantly available at pre-pandemic purity levels, my sources say. It was in 1998, when I was a young heroin user myself, and then-Mayor John Street launched Operation Sunrise—a saturation offensive that flooded Kensington with police 24/7. After Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, announced in mid-March that her officers would. Browse and sort Philadelphia crime rates by neighborhood based on reported incidents updated daily. Shooting 11/12/2020 6:34 PM EAST LIPPINCOTT ST AND E ST. She claimed she couldn’t remember what happened to the others. I’ve reported from these streets for years, through every kind of crisis. when they are free to operate organically. “With so many of them, there’s something leading up to the ultimate event. “The Authority is in dire financial status, losing employees every day. “I guess they didn’t like that he was passing them and buying from somewhere else. The intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Avenues (commonly referred to by Philadelphians as "K & A") is a major transportation and retail hub in the Kensington neighborhood, as it is served by the Frankford Elevated portion of the Market–Frankford Line which, running on top of Kensington Avenue, dominates the intersection. On a single day just over a week ago, I was offered disposable razors of every brand imaginable, USB chargers and bags of candy—all at cut-rate prices.