By Robert P. Fairbanks II
Of the a few sixty thousand vacant houses in Philadelphia, 1/2 them are deserted row homes. Taken as an entire, those derelict houses signify the city’s plight within the wake of business decline. yet a more in-depth glance unearths a notable new phenomenon—street-level marketers repurposing enormous quantities of those empty homes as amenities for recuperating addicts and alcoholics. How It Works is a compelling learn of this restoration apartment stream and its position within the new city order wrought by way of welfare reform.
To discover what lifestyles is like in those restoration homes, Robert P. Fairbanks II is going inside of one specific domestic within the Kensington local. working with no license and unregulated via any govt place of work, the restoration condo presents meals, defend, corporation, and a bracing self-help philosophy to addicts in a space saturated with medications and devastated by way of poverty. From this starkly vibrant close-up, Fairbanks widens his lens to bare the complicated relationships the restoration homes have solid with public welfare, the formal drug remedy zone, legal justice associations, and the neighborhood government.
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