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Philly Playstreets provide haven amid poverty, blight and drugs

August 13, 2018 GMT

By Staff

Regetta Hinton sets up shop outside of her home just before 10 a.m. every summer weekday. Once the foldable table is locked in place and the lunch and drink coolers are full of ice, Hinton sits in her lawn chair and for the next six hours doesn’t take her eyes off the children playing on the 2400 block of North Bouvier Street.

A thin white cord cuts across the north end of the block that intersects with North Cumberland, with a small handwritten cardboard sign hanging in the middle: “Play Street.”

BASTIAAN SLABBERS / For the Inquirer Small card board sign found on the north side of the 2400 block of North Bouvier Street, in North Philadelphia on Aug. 7, 2018.

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