By Alfred Lubrano, Philadelphia Inquirer. July 29, 2014.
"...What's driving the rise in homelessness is a complex mix of factors, including the pull of heroin; cuts to food stamps, General Assistance, and drug-treatment programs; gentrification in nearby Fishtown; and increased poverty.
In Kensington, the sidewalks are mottled, as though ambient filth melded with the concrete. It's not just that the sidewalks are dirty; dirt is ground into the sidewalk.
Homeless people gather near freight tracks and under bridges like hobos during the Depression. Their encampments are both convivial and dangerous, as "dope-sick" people (suffering withdrawal) turn on one another in a second, clawing for cash."