I admit it. I don’t get it. Why does it take state legislation to regulate recovery houses in the city of Philadelphia? Is there something in the constitution of the Commonwealth that prohibits a county or city from controlling this issue?
The Inquirer, for some reason today, decided to pay some attention to this issue.
Jorge Santana, a former chief of staff for State Rep. Tony Payton who volunteers for the lawmaker on special projects, walks by from Payton’s nearby Frankford office and shakes his head. “This is what we’re dealing with,” Santana says of the beat-up commercial corridor.
Along the 4300 block of Frankford Avenue, with its discount stores, fast-food joints, and vacancies, the building with the blue door is one of four recovery houses in a three-block stretch that also hosts an alcohol-treatment center.
“It’s hard to get businesses to open up here,” Santana says of the disinvestment along the avenue.
His aim is to help build community through economic empowerment. Part of the challenge lies in an entrenched market. In the last five years, Santana says, Frankford has become an epicenter for drug- and alcohol-recovery houses. On one block, a recovery house sits across from an Irish pub. On another, a recovery house sits paces from a well-trafficked drug corner.
You can read the rest of the story here. Please comment and tell me why we have gone nowhere on this issue in the four years we have been blogging about it.