By Robert P. Fairbanks
Of the a few sixty thousand vacant houses in Philadelphia, half them are deserted row homes. Taken as a complete, those derelict houses represent 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 hundreds of thousands of those empty homes as amenities for getting better addicts and alcoholics. How It Works is a compelling research of this restoration condo stream and its position within the new city order wrought by means of welfare reform.
To discover what existence is like in those restoration homes, Robert P. Fairbanks II is going within one specific domestic within the Kensington local. working with no license and unregulated via any govt workplace, the restoration condo presents nutrients, safeguard, corporation, and a bracing self-help philosophy to addicts in a space saturated with medications and devastated by means of poverty. From this starkly bright close-up, Fairbanks widens his lens to bare the tricky relationships the restoration homes have cast with public welfare, the formal drug therapy area, legal justice associations, and the neighborhood government.
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How It Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia by Robert P. Fairbanks