Country slept on two flattened boxes. “Just let me die.”, At the bottom of the station steps, I met John, a 55-year-old man who lived with his parents. Billy Cortes’s trailer church, a bin overflowed with trash, and the ground was covered with syringes. Using proceeds from the sale of the Hope Farm estate (present day Port Richmond), which included three slaves named Abraham, Hannibal, and Phillis, Palmer purchased what was called the Fairman Estate, located along the Delaware River in the Northern Liberties Township (area just north of the City of Philadelphia on the Delaware River) The entire estate consisted of 191.5 acres of land, much smaller than the Kensington we know of today. However, some sections of the neighborhood have been revitalized in recent years, especially those near Frankford Avenue, Kensington's neighbor south of Lehigh Avenue, and Fishtown, an area of Kensington where many shad fisheries were located, another traditionally working-class neighborhood which has seen rents increase. On a bridge overlooking the encampment, crowds of spectators gathered to watch the destruction. Dawn waited on her stoop with her arms crossed. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of Sts. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer Clearing out major encampments of opioid-addicted homeless people in the city’s Kensington section drew intense attention last spring — but the city faces far more difficult work in addressing housing and addiction. Housing and treatment slots opened up for those removed from the encampment. These cookies do not store any personal information. A few days later, Conrail’s team started clearing El Campamento. And yet parts of the neighborhood were solidly working-class, and the edges of the neighborhood were gentrifying. 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#Crime, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 November 2020, at 00:49. Used syringes lay in puddles and buckets. But Country had told me it was one of his new favorite places to shoot up. People sometimes pushed the bodies of users who had overdosed and died into the bushes instead of calling the police. He cried for a minute, until the train rushed overhead and drowned him out. The police have realized that they can’t arrest the problem away, and they spend many of their calls reviving drug addicts with Narcan, an overdose-reversal spray. Crystal’s ankle was fractured, and her hair was damp with rainwater. Trash was everywhere — office chairs, a pleather love seat, plastic crates, trash bags stuffed with clothes. “I’ve never been so sick in my life,” Mark said. “It was like the alien in the movie was going to pop out of my chest, things I’ve never experienced going through detox before.” They tried dosing themselves with Suboxone, a synthetic opioid that eases the pain of withdrawal. He said he learned about Kensington from the National Geographic docu-series “Drugs Inc.,” in its 2013 episode “Philly Dope.” At first he threw up because the heroin was so strong. We cannot guarantee the accuracy, †These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.