Madeleine Pelton is an international relations major in the class of 2016 and is interning at Solutions Journal this summer.
We just returned from our trip to Philadelphia. Everything was shocking: the total neglect for a neighborhood where the majority of the families are living in poverty, whose sons are involved in the drug trade, whose kids are dropping out of school like flies, allured by more profitable alternatives to a long and grueling education.
Here is an excerpt of an article I am writing for Solutions Journal about my experience:
A mile north of Philadelphia’s city center lies the Badlands, an abandoned, neglected, crime infested neighborhood of just 1.15 square miles. The majority of residents here in North Philly are either unemployed or work minimum-wage service jobs throughout the city. The rest are employed in the thriving drug trade.