Making Democratic Space for Poor People: The Kensington Welfare Rights Union
In many ways, the arrival of welfare mothers at Quaker Lace was a fitting coda for the old factory and everything it represented about North Philadelphia’s ongoing industrial decline. The collapse of manufacturing and the evaporation of blue-collar jobs had helped give rise to the illegal drug trade. Those who sold drugs had torched the Quaker Lace ruins, which in turn had provided a new home for another unfortunate byproduct of the area’s economic collapse—welfare recipients. It was like a forest fire that cleared out old growth and made way for new vegetation. (Zucchino 1997, 59)
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