Mike Newall from the Inquirer did a very good story on my old neighbors on the 4800 block of Griscom.
The problems there are pretty well know but solutions have not been forthcoming. The neighbors decided to try something new.
Every block has its rhythms. For so long, on the 4800 block of Griscom Street in Frankford, the daily rhythms were decided by drug dealers: a group of about 20 men who, on hot summer days, often stood in the shade under the trees near the Alonzos’ house, where Saul, a 33-year-old construction worker from Guatemala, lives with his wife and two young daughters.
Like other parents on Griscom, Alonso told his children the gunshots they heard were fireworks.
Read the rest of the story at his link.