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The first time Mark shot up “Philly dope” was in the summer of , with his girlfriend, Sarah. They had been on their way from Massachusetts to South Carolina, hoping to get clean there and find someplace cheap to live. The plan was to detox slowly on the way. In New Jersey, they needed to buy more drugs, just enough to make it to Myrtle Beach. Mark got out his phone and Googled “really bad drug areas.” A neighborhood in Philadelphia came up: Kensington.

Mark had never heard of it, but it was easy to find, not too far off I The streetlights were broken or dim, and the alleyways were dark. Most of the blocks were lined with two-story rowhouses, abandoned factories and vacant lots. Kensington Avenue, the neighborhood’s main drag, was a congested mess of Chinese takeouts, pawn shops, check-cashing joints and Irish pubs. Missing-person posters hung from storefront windows. The dealers were all out in the open, calling out brand names, even handing out free samples. Many people smoked crack or meth or injected heroin. They stuck needles in their arms, necks and the skin between toes. They were limp and nodding off. Some people lay on the ground looking dead.

Mark got addicted to oxycodone after he was injured by an I.E.D. while on deployment in Iraq. A friend taught him to shoot up heroin because it was a lot cheaper than taking painkillers. And the heroin in Kensington was very cheap. As little as $5 a bag. Mark was used to the high he got from drugs in Massachusetts, but this was different. “We thought it was real dope,” he said. But the heroin had been cut with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that the couple had never taken before. The withdrawal was the worst Mark and Sarah had ever gone through.

“I’ve never been so sick in my life,” Mark said. “It was like the alien in the movie was going to pop out of my chest, things I’ve never experienced going through detox before.” They tried dosing themselves with Suboxone, a synthetic opioid that eases the pain of withdrawal. They had used it before to get sober. Now it wasn’t helping. The addiction was too powerful and the withdrawal too excruciating. “I knew then that I wasn’t going to leave,” he said. “That we couldn’t leave.”

In the summer of , when I first toured the area with Patrick Trainor, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, he called Kensington the largest open-air narcotics market for heroin on the East Coast. It’s known for having both the cheapest and purest heroin in the region and is a major supplier for dealers in Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. For years, the heroin being sold in Kensington was pure enough to snort, but that summer, it was mixed with unpredictable amounts of fentanyl. In Philadelphia, deaths related to fentanyl had increased by 95 percent in the past year.

Philadelphia County has the highest overdose rate of any of the 10 most populous counties in America. The city’s Department of Health estimates that 75, residents are addicted to heroin and other opioids, and each day, many of them commute to Kensington to buy drugs. The neighborhood is part of the largest cluster of overdose deaths in the city. In , people fatally overdosed there.

“We have not only people from other parts of the state,” Trainor said, “we have people from other parts of the country who come here.” Every year, “drug tourists” from all over the United States visit Kensington for the heroin. Eunice Sanchez, a local pastor, put it more succinctly: the area, she said, was the “Walmart of heroin.”

ImageBeside the Kensington Avenue underpass.

Once a blue-collar factory neighborhood, Kensington was especially devastated when deindustrialization swept through the area in the s. (Philadelphia neighborhoods don’t have officially designated boundaries, and the northeast section of the city, including West Kensington, East Kensington, Fairhill, Port Richmond and Olde Richmond, is often referred to as “Kensington.”) As the white population fled for the suburbs, Hispanic and African-American people moved in, and with few investments from the city, the drug market filled the economic vacuum. Houses transformed into drug dens, factories into spaces to shoot up, rail yards into homeless encampments. Most residents, many of them immigrant families who had come to Kensington for a better life, did not have the means to move.

In the early s, Dominican gangs started bringing in Colombian heroin that was not only purer but much cheaper than heroin imported from Asia, which historically predominated. Kensington’s decentralized market kept competition high and prices low. Most corners were run by small, unaffiliated groups of dealers, making the area difficult to police; if a dealer was arrested, there was always someone there to replace him. The Philadelphia prison system has become the largest provider of drug treatment in the city. The police have realized that they can’t arrest the problem away, and they spend many of their calls reviving drug addicts with Narcan, an overdose-reversal spray. The D.E.A. focused on the high-level drug traffickers, not the guys working the streets, but the arrests did little to curb the growing demand.

“They call this the Badlands,” Elvis Campos, 47, said about Kensington. “Good people are held hostage in their homes.” Campos, who moved to the neighborhood 22 years ago, lives on a small, crumbling block next to a demolished crack house. “I didn’t know about the drugs when I came,” he said. “I found the house, and it was cheap.” No one on his block used or sold drugs, he said, and his neighbors worked hard to keep it clean. But dealers were always around their homes trying to sell. “I tell them to leave,” Campos said. “I served in Iraq, and I think that’s why I’m good at telling drug dealers to get off the block.”

Like Campos, many residents had come to Kensington simply because they couldn’t afford housing anywhere else, and though many expressed empathy for the users, they also wanted them to leave. People cleared needles off their lawns, their front steps and the sidewalks where their children played. Some wouldn’t go anywhere unless they were in a car, but a lot of families were too poor to afford a car. They organized cleanups, lobbied City Council members and state representatives and asked for help from church groups, but the problem seemed insurmountable. The drug market, institutional racism, joblessness and the ravages of the war on drugs in the ’80s left the community struggling. “You see everything here,” one female resident told me. “Overdoses, shootings, killings. We are exposed to trauma every day just living here. It’s constant.”

Dealers fought for territory and intimidated police informants. The area has one of the highest rates of shootings and murders in the city. Less than two-thirds of the residents have a high school diploma, and only a fraction have a bachelor’s degree. Nearly half the residents live below the poverty line. And yet parts of the neighborhood were solidly working-class, and the edges of the neighborhood were gentrifying. “The narrative of the opioid crisis is focused on big-pharma greed,” Zoë Van Orsdol, a public-health specialist, told me, “but in Kensington the reality is far more complicated.”

Early one morning, I found Crystal, 34, a mother of three, going into withdrawal near the intersection of East Somerset Street and Kensington Avenue, the area’s largest drug corner. Car stereos boomed, and the elevated train screeched to a stop. The train doors opened, and buyers spilled onto the walkway, heading down two flights of stairs before dispersing into the streets.

Crystal’s ankle was fractured, and her hair was damp with rainwater. She grew up just a few blocks away, and many of her relatives were addicted to heroin. Crystal started shooting up after her husband lost his job. They had split up, but she still wore her wedding ring. Narcan kept bringing her back. “It’s like playing Russian roulette with your life,” she told me. Crystal sobbed and folded her body over her knees while people walked by her.

A lot of people first came to Kensington because a car accident or surgery had left them addicted to painkillers. Later, when they could no longer afford them, they switched to heroin. Those deep in addiction were using 10 or more times a day. People cycled in and out of Kensington’s recovery houses, treatment centers and shelters. After years of this, women often ended up as prostitutes. They offered oral sex for $25 so they could buy a few bags. They had been raped, tied up and held up. They had nowhere to go to shower. They feared telling the cops about the abuse because they had already been busted on drug or prostitution charges. They slept curled with their purses between their knees and their chests.

When I met Jax, a prostitute with curly blond hair, she apologized about her appearance. She had smoked crack and scratched up her face. It was speckled with wounds. Jax started using opioids in college and ended up in Kensington shooting heroin. She had checked herself into a lot of rehab centers, but she couldn’t stay sober. Her boyfriend tried to help, but he got fed up. In , she became pregnant and used heroin the whole nine months. Recently she spent 24 days in jail, then went right back to the streets and overdosed nine times in two weeks. “Sometimes I just don’t ever want to survive,” she said. “Just let me die.”

“What about your son?” I asked.

“He’s better off without me.”

At the bottom of the station steps, I met John, a year-old man who lived with his parents. John was a “guide”: He guided customers from the train to the drugs. He could help you find heroin, cocaine, PCP, marijuana, Xanax, Percocet virtually any time of day or night. He could help you shop around, compare prices and quality. His own drug of choice was heroin, which he sniffed. John carried a grocery bag filled with clean needles. He got them from Prevention Point, a nonprofit on Kensington Avenue that exchanged dirty needles for clean ones. Needle exchanges helped stop the spread of H.I.V. and hepatitis C. But John was smart and made a small business out of it. He sold clean needles for $2. “You don’t come from our world,” he told me, “and we don’t come from your world.”

A few steps away, I met Shiz, a redhead dressed all in blue. Like most everyone else, Shiz was in Kensington to buy heroin. He was with his friend Kevin, a short man with a wild beard. Opioids often make people itch, and Kevin wouldn’t stop scratching his arms. There was so much dead skin it looked as if his arm were foaming.

“I only do about 20 bucks a day,” Shiz told me. He worked as a cook, making Philly cheesesteaks, and commuted into Kensington to buy drugs. Sometimes he ended up in jail and got clean. He always wanted to stay clean, but it was too hard. He tried locking himself in his house and not talking to anyone, but the boredom drove him crazy. It drove him right back to the drugs.

“Do you wish you could stop?” I asked.

He and Kevin laughed.

“Everybody wishes they could stop,” he said. “You’re always in this web. You’re in the web for the rest of your life.”

When Philadelphia’s progressive mayor, Jim Kenney, took office in , he soon made it a priority to tackle the city’s opioid crisis. His administration wanted to focus on getting heroin users into treatment rather than arresting them. In late , Kenney created a task force of addiction experts, doctors, social workers and agents from the D.E.A. to come up with a plan to curb overdose deaths in the city. In May , they offered 18 recommendations, including a media campaign about the risks of opioids, wider distribution of Narcan and support for medically assisted treatment, which uses opioid-replacement drugs like Suboxone to help users manage withdrawal.

The first order of business was to clear the railroad gulch. For decades, a mile-and-a-half-long stretch of tracks in a ravine had been a magnet for heroin users, with or so people using the tracks to shoot up every day. Near a bridge over the gulch, an encampment of dozens of homeless addicts had grown up. There were mattresses piled beneath the bridge, along with tables where users cut, snorted and cooked drugs together. A Hispanic addict known as the Doctor worked behind a folding table in a shack called “the hospital.” He charged a couple of dollars to shoot up those who couldn’t do it themselves. People sometimes pushed the bodies of users who had overdosed and died into the bushes instead of calling the police. Residents complained about the smell.

The plan was ambitious: El Campamento, as the encampment was known, would be bulldozed, the trees removed and the tracks sealed with fences. The cost was more than $1 million. Conrail, the company that owned the tracks, agreed to dispose of used needles, clear the vegetation from around the tracks and remove trash, including televisions, recliners, mattresses and hundreds of tires. The city would contribute funds for waste removal, some fences and security. It would also remove all the homeless heroin users from the site and offer them medical care and drug-treatment services.

Months before the official cleanup in August , the Office of Homeless Services and the Department of Behavioral Health began sending daily outreach teams to the encampment. They wanted to get as many users into treatment and supportive housing as were willing to go. Kensington Hospital expanded its treatment facilities. Housing and treatment slots opened up for those removed from the encampment. Transportation was provided for those who were willing to accept treatment, and the Office of Homeless Services paid for ID cards for those who didn’t have them. Social workers and community groups set up trailers on a corner, right outside El Campamento, ready with volunteers who would help connect the homeless heroin addicts to treatment.

“It’s not an easy issue,” Kenney had told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s going to take many years and a ton of money, so that may have been why it hasn’t been addressed in the past — but that’s not an excuse.”

That August, just before the demolition was scheduled to begin, I walked along the edges of the tracks and could hear people moving around in the vegetation below. Streams of users walked to and from the tracks to buy and use drugs. Two cops patrolled the area, as drug-dealing kids on trick bikes looped around to run their own surveillance. A man with thick hair and camo pants came up the street and started waving his arms. “Never see this in Texas, man,” he said. “This place is crazy.”

“Are you homeless?” I asked.

“Nah, I’m down here for the summer,” he said.

He had traveled from Texas to sniff the heroin. After two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said, he started taking painkillers recreationally. He said he learned about Kensington from the National Geographic docu-series “Drugs Inc.,” in its episode “Philly Dope.” At first he threw up because the heroin was so strong. “I’m fine, I’m fine,” he said. “Don’t worry about me. I won’t end up like these people. I do other things with my life. I race dirt bikes. I do jujitsu. I take a shower every day.”

A few days later, Conrail’s team started clearing El Campamento. On a bridge overlooking the encampment, crowds of spectators gathered to watch the destruction. Machines ripped trees from the ground and pulverized them on the spot. Cars honked in celebration. An avalanche of garbage stretched from the top of the slope to the bottom of the ravine.

Two E.M.S. workers chatted about the addicts who overdosed. “If you were on the street having a heart attack and you were dying, and I left you and you died, that’s on me,” one said. “I come and wake you up from an overdose, and you walk away, and I get you again three hours later? That is insanity. I’m like: Make them go to rehab.” He nodded toward a machine that scooped up trash. “Sometimes you need to take a different approach.”

The city offered treatment, but most of the displaced heroin addicts didn’t accept it. They moved into crumbling churches, abandoned buildings, vacant lots. They pitched tents on the grass at McPherson Square, where library staff regularly rushed outside with bottles of Narcan to save the overdosed. The police told the users to be on their way. Some of them moved to the abandoned and boarded-up Ascension of Our Lord Church, on a windswept corner of Westmoreland Street about a mile northeast of the tracks. They gathered in pews, beneath light raining through stained-glass windows. They left needles in the holy-water basin.

In October, outside the Rev. Billy Cortes’s trailer church, a bin overflowed with trash, and the ground was covered with syringes. Homeless men pushed grocery carts, and addicts shuffled up and down the sidewalk. None of the neighbors were out playing dominoes as they usually did. “People are afraid to go outside,” Cortes said. He blamed the city for working too quickly to clear El Campamento. There were more drunk people, more needles in front of his house and on the street. Every day, for weeks, he saw someone overdose. Every corner of his block was littered with trash.

“Look at all these people,” he said. “Look at my neighborhood. See all this trash. Trash everywhere. It’s all dirty now! You think this is fair? This is the reality of this neighborhood. The job the city made is not good. These people don’t have a plan. The cleanup is good for the future, but at the moment it’s not a good thing.”

Winter arrived, and the addicts took shelter in four railroad underpasses beneath elevated sections of Conrail’s railroad tracks, at Kensington Avenue, Emerald Street, Frankford Avenue and Tulip Street. These new encampments were all within a half-mile corridor, just a short walk from where El Campamento had been. In general, the cleanup had pushed the market and the users east toward Olde Richmond and Port Richmond, where the population tended to be less Hispanic and more white. Areas that hadn’t seen a lot of activity in the past were now busy with drug use.

Desiree Gilman, a year-old nurse with shoulder-length blond hair, lived in a rowhouse with her children about a block away from the Tulip Street underpass. Gilman was raised in the neighborhood and did everything she could to stay away from heroin. She focused on her career and raising a family. “But still,” she told me, “about 80 percent of my friends are either in jail or dead.”

Since the cleanup, her car’s battery had been stolen three times, and she had found a man sleeping in the back seat. She pointed at the tracks across the street. “I see people up there sleeping. I see clothes in the trees. You just see people crunching through the leaves. It’s creepy.” In the mornings, she got her 5-year-old son ready for school and waited with him until the school bus came. “I feel bad for them,” she said about the users. “I really do, but I can’t have them shooting up on my steps. I don’t want my kids to see it.”

At the Frankford underpass, the users were all smashed together beneath piles of blankets and clothes. The ceiling dripped. Used syringes lay in puddles and buckets. Trash was everywhere — office chairs, a pleather love seat, plastic crates, trash bags stuffed with clothes. No one slept soundly. Traffic rushed by at all hours of the night. Users were injecting one another in the neck, sometimes because their arm veins had collapsed, but also because the neck was quicker and yielded a more potent high.

A year-old man who went by the nickname Country looked at me with blue eyes and droopy brows. He used to be at the Kensington underpass but moved to Frankford after people found out he had H.I.V. They didn’t want him around. Country slept on two flattened boxes. In the middle of the tunnel, where it was dark, I watched Country try to inject a man in the neck. Country was high and missed the vein. He kept going unconscious with the needle still in his hand.

A man named George sat on a soggy mattress, next to a rug with a tiger on it. He was a new arrival from South Philly. His eyes looked as if someone had scooped them out and filled them with mud. The night before, he said, two cars collided outside the underpass and a man was ejected through the windshield.

“Why come up here?” I asked.

“It’s easier to be homeless here,” George said. “You get help up here. You get food. Everything I have I was given from somebody. The drugs are here — they are closer and cheaper.” George wiped his nose with his sleeve. “People think we are having fun down here. Are you insane? I live under a bridge.”

I didn’t go to Kensington at night on Code Blue days in December, when the temperatures were dangerously cold. But the addicts were still there. They set up burn barrels to keep fires going, and the city opened emergency warming rooms. Even when the temperatures dropped to single digits, many of the addicts refused go to a shelter. For some users, opioid withdrawal was worse than the possibility of freezing to death.

This January, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a statewide disaster declaration, the first of its kind for a public-health emergency in Pennsylvania. There had been more than 1, overdose deaths in Philadelphia in — a 34 percent rise from Wolf pushed the state to roll back regulations that might be stopping users from getting help, like ID and sobriety requirements for shelters and treatment facilities. Instead of sending overdosed people back out onto the street, the city hired recovery specialists in the E.R. to talk to them about treatment. It handed out tens of thousands of doses of Narcan. It sent a van into the neighborhood to offer recovery services. It gave residents blue light bulbs for their porches, because the light seemed to make it harder for heroin users to find a vein.

Shanta Schachter, a community development consultant who was hired by Conrail during the cleanup as a liaison between the company and neighborhood organizations, watched the new encampments grow throughout the winter. Months before the Conrail cleanup began, she attended community meetings and chatted with neighbors. She had encouraged residents to take control of Kensington by planting trees in vacant lots, building fences, painting abandoned buildings, installing streetlights. During the cleanup, she was hopeful, but after she drove through the tunnels, she was worried about the addicts living there. “It’s just such an incredible amount of suffering,” she told me. “It’s not like people are getting better. There aren’t resources to help the people who are addicted now. I don’t think anybody really knows how to get the addicts off the streets. It can’t just be new beds, or recovery services, or anything else. It has to be everything.”

The city was willing to try almost anything. In January, the Department of Public Health announced that the city would “encourage organizations to develop” supervised-injection sites, where people can bring their own drugs without fear of arrest and inject under the care of a medical team. There are roughly of these injection sites around the world — although none in the United States — and research has shown that they reduce overdose deaths, connect addicts to long-term care and help keep neighborhoods clean of needles. There has never been a fatal overdose at an official safe-injection site. The Justice Department made it clear that it would view any such place to be in violation of federal drug laws, but Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor, threw his support behind a nonprofit group trying to establish one.

At one community meeting this March, city officials explained the idea to residents. The clinic would be located where the most overdose deaths occurred, and that very likely meant Kensington. Many of the overdose victims were white men, though, and some of the minority residents didn’t think it was fair. They worried that establishing a supervised-injection site in the neighborhood would condemn it to a permanent future of drug use. Brooke Feldman, a social worker, had planned to bring a homeless user named Johnny to the meeting, but when she went to the Tulip Street underpass that morning, he had already died of an overdose. “He said he would use the site and wanted to be a part of the conversation,” Feldman told me. “He didn’t even live to be able to do that.”

Dan Martino, a community organizer who put together a march for overdose awareness, had been lobbying for a supervised-injection site for years. “We already have unsafe injection sites on every street corner in the city, and it’s not working out,” he told me. “It has to be easier to get help than heroin.”

In February, on a concrete stoop on East Tusculum Street near the Kensington Avenue tunnel, two sisters, Nancy and Dawn, watched the addicts. Dawn wore a green T-shirt that read, “Dawn’s drinking club,” and her blond hair was high in a ponytail. “Almost everybody I grew up with is either an addict or dead,” she said. “I’m like the only one.”

From the stoop, the Kensington underpass looked dark, like the opening to a rat hole. “The screaming at all hours of the night is way out of control,” Dawn said. “It basically sounds like they are killing each other.”

Nancy’s nephew was an eighth-grade student at Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary, a Catholic school just on the other side of the tracks. Every day he walked back and forth through the tunnel, along with hundreds of other schoolchildren, while the addicts continued to shoot up beneath the dim lights. Some children avoided the tunnel by walking north to the B Street bridge and then swinging back around to Kensington Avenue.

The sisters’ family had lived on Tusculum Street for five generations, and the kids had always been able to play on the street. The underpass used to be empty, and they took care of the vacant lot to make sure it didn’t turn into a dumping site. Now they woke up to find feces and urine on their stoops. They swept needles off their steps, and they took their plants inside because the pots filled with syringes. They wouldn’t let the children play in the snow because of the buried needles.

Dawn lived one door closer to the tunnel than Nancy. “In all the years we have been here, it was never like this,” she said. “They lived on the railroad, like way up that way, where there are no houses. But you know, we don’t count, so whatever.”

“They eat, like, six times a day,” Nancy said. “They eat more than I do. They get coffee and doughnuts in the morning. They brought them tents and blankets. Their drug dealer is two blocks away.”

“They have no reason to go when everyone is giving them absolutely everything,” Dawn said. “The only thing we wish they had is a bathroom.”

“There is one girl down there with blond hair,” Nancy said. “I literally see her go to the bathroom at least four times a day right there. She walks 10 steps out from the tunnel, with her back facing us, pulls her pants down and goes. I can’t deal with it anymore. We were thinking about opening that fire hydrant and letting that water go. Just flood them out.” She looked east. “Tulip is already starting to fill up. If the addicts migrate to Port Richmond, the neighbors are going to riot.”

With pressure from the neighborhood, the city agreed to remove the homeless addicts from the Tulip Street and Kensington Avenue tunnels. A deadline was set for the end of May. In a news release about the removals, the city’s managing director said the camps “pose a health and safety threat to those who stay there as well as to the neighbors.” As for the other two encampments, the city didn’t have the resources. The residents would have to wait.

Liz Hersh, the director of the Office of Homeless Services in the city, described the underpass encampments as one of the most complex and challenging aspects of Philadelphia’s opioid crisis. The city wanted to respond to the needs of the residents, she told me, “in a way that was also humane for those suffering from addiction,” even when those needs were not always one and the same. The goal was to get as many people as possible into treatment or a shelter by the end of May, but a new approach was needed.

The city realized it needed to help get people into treatment more quickly. Outreach workers began evaluating people for treatment in the tunnels and on the streets, ushering them into vans for privacy. They were able to dose some users immediately with Suboxone and transport them to care. In just two weeks, more users agreed to go into treatment than had in the previous six months. “At the Conrail cleanup,” Hersh told me, “we all thought everyone should go into treatment, and it turned out that offering them homeless services, and specifically low-barrier housing, gave us better results.”

But as the city worked to clear the encampments, the drug dealers seemed to become more aggressive. On a small block off Kensington Avenue, someone threw a Molotov cocktail through a resident’s window. Dealers were looking for turf, but residents were demanding that they stay off their blocks. “That’s the level of danger and violence we face,” Eduardo Esquivel, a resident, told me. His wife was threatened by a panhandler, and his neighbor was surrounded in his car with a young child when users swarmed his block for free samples. “My worry,” Esquivel said, “is we are being asked to face this epidemic as a neighborhood, but the threat of violence is very high and very real, and it’s only getting worse.”

On the day of the removals, protesters — a mix of outreach workers and activists — marched through the streets. They plastered the underpasses in signs that read “Eviction = Death.” They wrote, “Who is human?” on the sidewalk in green chalk. Homeless Services workers carried clipboards and continued to try to get people into treatment or shelters. Police officers stood guard about every 10 feet. Volunteers handed out sanitary wipes and bottles of Gatorade. Sanitation workers threw heaps of trash into the mouth of a garbage truck.

At Tulip Street, two men dragged a tent into the trees on top of the viaduct. The younger man started popping his boils in a side mirror of a school bus while the other man called his mother. “Hey Mom, it’s Nathan,” he said. “Just letting you know I’m alive. I love you. Bye.”

Nathan put down the phone. “I’m going to rehab,” he told me. “If there is anytime to go, then now is the time.”

“Will this be your first time?” I asked.

“No,” he said. “This is the ninth time.”

Another homeless man came out of the trees behind us. He looked down at himself. “Please don’t take my photo,” he said. “My family would be devastated.”

Nancy, Dawn and a neighbor pulled out butterfly chairs to watch the removals unfold at the Kensington Avenue tunnel. “I have two children in addiction, and this is ridiculous,” the neighbor said. “That’s a life choice.”

In a lot in front of their homes, the police dragged a shirtless man off a mattress. A young woman with a pink backpack kept going unconscious with a cigarette in her mouth. On the other side of the tunnel, people waited in line at One Pound Cheese Steaks while users shot up in the adjacent lot. Next to the counter, a man lay unconscious. “We are trying to keep it together for the community,” an employee told me, “and it’s not working out.”

Mark and Sarah, the couple who stopped in Kensington to buy drugs and never left, were being removed from the Tulip underpass. Mark wore an American-flag tank top and his sandy-colored hair curled beneath a baseball hat. “Sapper school,” he said, referring to the Army training course for combat engineers, “was probably the hardest thing I did in life. I don’t know how I did something like that but I can’t get my [expletive] together out here.” He and Sarah filled a shopping cart with damp clothes and a moldy sleeping pad tied with a bungee cord. They were going to push the shopping cart to a shelter. “It’s kind of a hike from here,” he said, “but that’s where we go to cop drugs anyway.”

Country was out wandering the avenue. He was almost unrecognizable, with thin limbs and sunken cheeks and a shaved head. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said.

“Where’s your stuff?” I asked.

“This is my stuff.” He had a pocketful of syringes. He turned his back to me and began to cry. He cried for a minute, until the train rushed overhead and drowned him out.

By noon, the Kensington Avenue underpass was empty. Dark clouds made the early afternoon feel like twilight. Dawn waited on her stoop with her arms crossed. She pointed to the empty lot behind a factory just east of her block. “They are building a new camp right over there,” she said. “They told me they are going to come right back.”

There were already about 30 people in the lot, injecting, defecating and sleeping. One of them, Krista, 30, told me she started using heroin after she was raped in college. She was crouched over a lavender purse cleaning a crack pipe and wore a T-shirt that said “Perfect is Boring.” “If I’m a little further away, I have this nervous feeling that I need to come back to Kensington,” she said. “It’s like a big dysfunctional family. I guess this is the one place I belong.”

A portion of the factory, on the corner of East Somerset and Ruth Streets, was being converted into a $ million office building with low-income housing. Residents were already living there. It was supposed to be a sign of hope. But Country had told me it was one of his new favorite places to shoot up. Someone had spray-painted “Gentrification Is Genocide” on the wall.

More than people from the tunnels accepted shelter or treatment. Others were incarcerated or moved away or died. Some of them joined the encampments at Emerald Street and Frankford Avenue or pitched tents in abandoned lots. Others just disappeared.

In a single weekend over the summer, people overdosed from the same bad batch of heroin. It was called Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, and witnesses said people were responding in ways they hadn’t seen when waking up from an overdose. They were agitated and scratched the air in pain.

The city plans to clear the other two encampments in the coming months. This time, activists are worried that the users will go deeper into hiding, that more of them will die alone. “We are still not done,” Devin Reaves, who participated in the mayor’s opioid task force, told me. “Until we see a decrease in overdose deaths year after year, I don’t know if you can say we have done enough,” he said. “How can we say we made an impact if people are still dying?”

Sometimes addicts died in Kensington and no one claimed the bodies. Investigators searched for loved ones, but if none could be found, the remains were buried without a funeral. Some residents mourned in their own way. They wrote the names of the dead on walls or sewed patches with portraits onto a quilt. Small memorials began appearing on land near the railroad tracks and in gardens along Kensington Avenue, close to the place the addicts had called home.

Sours: https://www.nytimes.com//10/10/magazine/kensington-heroin-opioid-philadelphia.html

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The top toy list for features various themes including Awakening Imagination, Fresh Air Fun , Edutainment Expression, Not-So-Pretend Pets  and more. In addition, Walmart has more than doubled its toy selection this year and added hundreds of additional toys available for pickup and delivery.

Walmart’s Top-Rated by Kids Toy List

See all the toys on the Top-Rated by Kids Toy List below at Walmart.com HERE!

The prices listed below are the regular prices and many of the items are on sale now.

Awakening Imagination 

RC Hot Wheels Rhimomite ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Barbie Extra Doll & Vanity Playset ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Batman RC All-Terrain Vehicle ($)

Bluey 4WD Campervan Playset ($)

Hot Wheels Massive Loop Mayhem Track Set ($)

L.O.L. Surprise OMG House ($)

Monster Jam Truck Wash Set ($)

Rainbow High Color Change Car ($) 

Edutainment Expression 

Crayola Creative Fun Double Easel ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Learning Bot ($)

Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory ($)

VTech KidiZoom PrintCam ($)

Fresh Air Fun  

12V Jeep Gladiator Children’s Ride On in a variety of colors ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Fisher-Price Bouncesational Bounce House with Built-in Pump ($) – Walmart Exclusive

HALO Supreme Big Wheel Scooter in a variety of colors ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Jetson Hali X Luminous Extreme-Terrain Hoverboard in a variety of colors ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Kryptonics 28” Cruiser Skateboard in a variety of colors ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Monster Jam 24V Grave Digger Ride On in a variety of colors ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Razor Miniature Dirt Rocket MX Electric-Powered Dirt Bike ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Not-So-Pretend Pets 

furReal Sweet Jammiecorn Unicorn ($)

LEGO Creator 3 in 1 Fish Tank ($) - Walmart Exclusive

Magic Mixies Cauldron in a variety of colors ($); Launches Oct. 1 – Walmart Exclusive Color

Na! Na! Na! Surprise Kitty-Cat Camper ($)

VTech Hover Pup ($) – Walmart Exclusive

On-Screen and Streaming Favorites 

Disney’s Raya and The Last Dragon Color Splash Raya and Sisu ($)

Jurassic World Stomp N’ Escape Tyrannosaurus Rex ($)

LEGO Marvel Avengers: Endgame Final Battle ($)

Paw Patrol Movie Tower ($)

Ryan’s World Rocketship ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Spark Create Imagine Cocomelon Bus ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Star Wars Galactic Snackin’ Grogu ($)

Timeless Toys 

Baby Alive Lulu Achoo ($)

Barbie Blonde and Black Hair Styling Head Tie-dye ($)

Flybar 6V Bumper Car ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Giant Sorry ($)

My Little Pony Fashion Ponies in a variety of characters ($) – Walmart Exclusive

Nerf Hyper Mach ($)

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Rising Cake Oven Playset ($)

Marvel Spider-Man Super Web Slinger ($)

Plus, gifts purchased for delivery from Walmart stores will arrive in new peek-proof bags at no extra cost.

See all the toys on the list at Walmart.com HERE!

Savings Spotlight Sale

Walmart has a new Savings Spotlight Sale including good buys on clothing, Chromebooks, tablets, toys, video games, vacuums, cookware sets and more!

See all the sales at Walmart.com HERE!

Deals

* Costway 6V Ride-On Toy Motorcycle Trike 3-Wheel Electric Bicycle w/ Music & Horn is on sale for $ (reg. $) at Walmart.com HERE

* Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag with Big Building Blocks for Toddlers (80 Pieces) is on sale for $ (reg. $) at Walmartcom HERE

* Disney Frozen 2 iTime Interactive Kids Smart Watch is on sale for $ (reg. $65)

* Costway Portable Kids Play House with Balls is on sale for $ (reg. $)

* CHO Power Sports Hoverboard Self Balancing Scooter " w/ LED Lights Built in Bluetooth Speaker is on sale for $ (reg. $)

* Mainstays Basic Solid Piece Bath Set, White is on sale for $ (reg. $)

* The Lodge Pre-Seasoned inch Cast Iron Grill Pan is on sale for only $ (reg $36) at Walmart.com HERE

* Chefman  TurboFry  Stainless Steel Air Fryer is on sale for $ (reg. $)

* Costway Foldable Travel Baby Playpen Crib Infant Bassinet Bed Mosquito Net Music with Bag is on sale for $ (reg. $)

* Robot vacuums and upright vacuums up to 50% off (including top brands) at Walmart.com HERE

* iRobot Roomba i7 () Robot Vacuum- Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Works with Google Home, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors is on sale for $ (reg. $)

Clearance Sale

The Walmart Clearance Sale is taking place now with up to 70% off!

There are some super deals on toys, holiday decor, trees, lights, winter coats, baby clothes, shoes, beauty, sports & outdoors, electronics, home and more!

See all the deals in this clearance sale at Walmart.com HERE!

Holiday Decor: See the holiday decor clearance at Walmart.com HERE.

Toys, Games & Arts & Crafts: See the toy clearance sale at Walmart.com HERE.

Home & Kitchen: See the kitchen clearance sale at Walmart.com HERE.

Electronics: See the electronics on sale at Walmart.com HERE.

Clothing: See the clothing sale at Walmart.com HERE.

Baby Toys & Gear: See the clearance sale for baby products at Walmart.com HERE.

Sports & Outdoors: See the clearance for sports and outdoor products at Walmart.com HERE.

If the price on the Walmart website is different than the price listed above, that means that the sale has ended and is no longer available.

Walmart+ Membership Program

Walmart has launched a new membership program offering unlimited free delivery from stores, fuel discounts, Scan & Go shopping and more.

Walmart+ is now available as of September 15 and costs $98 a year or $ a month. There is a day free trial period, as well.

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What is a Walmart Plus Membership?

Walmart Plus is a paid subscription service for purchasing groceries along with the plethora of products Walmart carries online and in-store. Those who sign up receive perks and benefits when shopping at Walmart and Walmart-owned companies. Service features include:

  • Free unlimited deliveries, as long as you spend at least $35 per order. Additionally, unlimited delivery is not available in all areas: Your safest bet is to check your eligibility by entering your address on Walmart’s site to double-check you’re within the unlimited delivery range.
  • Member prices on fuel — with savings up to five cents per gallon — at select gas stations, including Walmart, Murphy USA and Murphy Express fuel stations. Sam’s Club gas stations are slated to also include Walmart Plus discounts on gasoline, according to Walmart.
  • Mobile scan and go enables in-store shoppers to scan and pay for items as they shop to save time. Customers using this feature must finalize their payment at a self-checkout register. The digital feature can be particularly enticing to help maintain the CDC’s social distancing guidance of standing at least six-feet apart from others. And, according to Walmart, "yes, all locations" offer scan and go.

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Walmart’s edge on Amazon would have to be its numerous store fronts, and the benefits Walmart Plus offers to in-store shoppers, such as mobile scan & go and discounts on fuel.

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Walmart's most significant competitor for on-demand subscription service is, of course, Amazon Prime, where users have access to similar benefits such as free two-day and even one-day shipping on eligible items. There are other perks from the online sales giant, too, like Prime Video, Twitch, Amazon Pantry, Amazon Fresh and more. Those additional benefits come at a slightly higher annual cost: Prime memberships run subscribers $ per year. However, if you are an eligible student, you can sign up for a discount where your first six months of Prime are free.

Walmart Plus features are limited compared to Amazon Prime on the surface, but shoppers should consider investing in both memberships, argued Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst at Deal News. "Even if a Prime member is taking advantage of all of those perks, they could still find value in Walmart Plus at another $98 per year," she said. Walmart’s edge on Amazon would have to be its numerous store fronts, and the benefits Walmart Plus offers to in-store shoppers, such as mobile scan & go and discounts on fuel. “These are unique offerings you can’t get with Amazon,” Ramhold said.

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Walmart Plus also offers same-day grocery delivery, which has become increasingly popular amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, Ramhold pointed out that you'll need to place separate grocery orders when shopping on Amazon Fresh and Amazon Pantry. Walmart Plus, on the other hand, allows you to order both groceries and school essentials in one checkout. “If Walmart can streamline the shipping process, it's definitely more appealing than having dozens of orders coming from different parts of Amazon,” Ramhold added.

If you do not have a Prime membership and you shop at Walmart, this subscription will likely be beneficial to your shopping experience. Ramhold called Walmart Plus a “program to watch” — in addition to its current benefits, the company plans on adding more perks down the line.

You can still shop online at Walmart for a variety of items, including tech and office essentials to furniture, kitchen appliances and more. Here are ten best sellers to shop at Walmart, including comforter sets, wireless earbuds and fitness equipment.

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To give you an idea of what Walmart has in stock and what you can find online or in stores with your Walmart Plus subscription, we asked the brand to share with us bestselling products across various categories and in different price points.

1. Apple Airpods with Charging Case

As wireless earbuds continue to be increasingly popular, none seem to rival the popularity of Apple's AirPods. This latest model includes a standard lightning charging case, which, when fully charged, can provide the earbuds up to three charges. Listen to music or podcasts with high-quality sound and ease and simply double-tap the earbuds to play or skip forward.

2. Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch’s sales skyrocketed during the lockdown as people were finding ways to keep entertained indoors. The gaming device includes a charging dock and HDMI cable to hook up to your TV or monitor quickly. The joy-con controllers can be used separately or clicked into the Joy-Con Grip to form one controller. You can also take play on the go, attaching the Joy-Con controllers to the six-inch screen and removing it from the dock. There are various games available to play on your own or with friends.

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3. Coway Airmega m Air Purifier

As NBC News Shopping previously reported, air purifiers won't the spread of the novel coronavirus, but they can provide better air quality to your home by filtering out pollutants. Coway’s Airmega Air Purifier comes equipped with a HEPA filter as part of a four-stage filtration system. Additionally, there is a pollution sensor to indicate air quality in real-time using brightly colored LED lights. It also tells you when the pre-filter or HEPA filter needs to be washed or replaced. This air purifier is ideal for rooms square feet and smaller.

4. Modway Articulate Office Chair

This simple office chair provides ergonomic support, ideal for your home office. The mesh back provides breathability, while the mesh sponge seat offers support. The back and armrests are both height-adjustable and the chair — which is available in Black, Gray, Green, Red, Blue and Brown — features a degree swivel.

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If you’re looking for a new TV, you might want to consider Samsung’s 4K Smart TV. It offers 4K UHD resolution and uses Quantum Dot technology, producing over a billion shades of color meant to stay true-to-life, according to Samsung. The device has a dual-LED backlight to enhance contrast details. The Smart TV offers popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO and YouTube, as well as a full web browser.

6. Better Homes & Gardens Ravenbrooke 4-Piece Patio Furniture Conversation Set

Enjoy the remaining days of summer in your backyard with this four-piece patio set. The set comes with a loveseat, two swivel rockers and a coffee table. The hand-woven wicker is set over a steel frame that has been UV treated and powder-coated in a matte brown finish to resist rust and stains caused by weather. The plush cushions are also meant to resist weather damage and can be easily cleaned with mild soap and water.

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If you’re looking for a griddle to end the summer with a socially distanced barbecue, consider Blackstone 2-Burner Outdoor Griddle. The griddle surface is made from cold rolled steel to provide consistent heat and even temperate while cooking. It has a square-inch cooking area and operates on 34, BTUs. There is a grease management system in the rear of the griddle for easy cleanup. The griddle also folds up, making it easy to pack up and bring to a camping trip or tailgate.

8. Home Essence Comforter Set

Maybe you recently purchased a new mattress during Labor Day sales and are looking to upgrade your comforter. This cotton comforter set comes with one duvet cover, two standard shams, two decorative pillows and two euro shams. It is also Oeko-Tex Certified, meaning it wasn’t made with harmful substances. The set is available in six colors: Ivory, Blue, Charcoal, Gray, Indigo Blue and Pink.

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Oct 15th, am
Kevin8se7en
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Oct 15th, am

I use to ride trails in swimtrunks and a tshirt as a 12yr old on a bright yellow $90 Supercycle with a rusty chain.

Now, we have full grown adults claiming you need full gear and better parts to go over anything bigger than a pebble in a $ carbon fiber bike.

It's honestly ridiculous. This bike is more than good enough for anyone that isn't an Olympic-level athlete, or thinks they are an Olympic-level athlete.
Oct 15th, am
mikebmt
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Nov 13,
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Oct 15th, am

govas19 wrote: ↑ On a $ bike they do, yes.

Trickle down technology. Plus, they're all made in the same factory anyways.

My point is that your "way back when" research is completely invalid today.
Oct 15th, am
igatomic
Newbie
Mar 29,
85 posts
72 upvotes
near you

Oct 15th, am

I'm a bike snob. $ is an excellent price for what you are getting. This bike is not for trail ridingmore like riding at toddler speed. But if that is what you want, this will do the job. On the other hand, if you think that this will be fun to ride on trails, bring a tool kit and some spare parts. The 9 speed twist shifter is 20 year old technology, but has very few moving parts to break compared with the trigger shifter. Considering the shifter alone is a $40 part if you need to replace it, $ for the rest of the bike sounds like a pretty good deal.
Oct 15th, am
mikebmt
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Nov 13,
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Oct 15th, am

Kevin8se7en wrote: ↑ I use to ride trails in swimtrunks and a tshirt as a 12yr old on a bright yellow $90 Supercycle with a rusty chain.

Now, we have full grown adults claiming you need full gear and better parts to go over anything bigger than a pebble in a $ carbon fiber bike.

It's honestly ridiculous. This bike is more than good enough for anyone that isn't an Olympic-level athlete, or thinks they are an Olympic-level athlete.
Get over yourself.
Oct 15th, am
kiasu
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Oct 15th, am

0 in GTAlol..seem like not all stores carry this
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Oct 15th, am
BenL
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Oct 15th, am

Yes, all MTB bikes over $ now have a single front gear, just makes way more sense, and allows for a better dropper post set upa much preferred set up.
I agree though, this is a great deal, but no way would I ever take it on our MTB trails here near Calgarywouldn't trust it's structural integrity. Trail and cruising, no question, sharp bike for my parents.
Oct 15th, am
Tommy74
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GTA

Oct 15th, am

Where is the link to the actual bike? Is it in store only?
Oct 15th, am
govas19
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Oct 15th, am

mikebmt wrote: ↑ Trickle down technology. Plus, they're all made in the same factory anyways.
Comparing a $ mtb and this is like comparing a Ferrari and this mtb.
And they are most definitely not made in the same factory Smiling Face With Open Mouth.
Even if they were, you can have two similar things manufactured in the same factory, however design is different, tolerances are different, materials are different, which results in two different products altogether.
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Oct 15th, am
mikebmt
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Nov 13,
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Oct 15th, am

govas19 wrote: ↑ Comparing a $ mtb and this is like comparing a Ferrari and this mtb.
And they are not made in the same factory.
3 companies make up 66% of global carbon production. Most bike companies don't have their own carbon factories. They just order from the experts, which are the same 3 companies.
Oct 15th, am
napoleonbot
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MISSISSAUGA

Oct 15th, am

all sold out, BC chilliwack is the only place to get one
Oct 15th, am
govas19
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Oct 15th, am

mikebmt wrote: ↑ 3 companies make up 66% of global carbon production. Most bike companies don't have their own carbon factories. They just order from the experts, which are the same 3 companies.
What you are saying is that because there are few steel manufacturing companies (which they are) all cars are the same in regards to quality.
And on this I'm out.
Oct 15th, am
baymoe
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May 24,
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Oct 15th, am

Is everyone here taking their bikes out on 3 foot drops? You guys are sounding to be like complete asshats. This will handle trails just fine. Funny no one complains about Northrock bikes and their shitty elastomer suspensions, yet people are quick to say this bike isn't any good.
Oct 15th, am
neonic
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Oct 15th, am

For this bike itself, if you can get one as $ is a fantastic deal. really fantastic. Even if it was aluminium, it'd be a great buy. I don't know this brand in particular, and the lack of information on parts is somewhat concerning, but again for $

If we had a detailed part list, probably even $ could be a decent price.

mikebmt wrote: ↑ You realize that technology improves over time right? Carbon nowadays is incredibly strong and people ride full DH mountainbikes with carbon frames, carbon handlebars, carbon everything!
Fully agree with your comment, but worth considering that Aluminium technology also improved. Which means that good aluminium still probably better than cheap carbon?
Kevin8se7en wrote: ↑ I use to ride trails in swimtrunks and a tshirt as a 12yr old on a bright yellow $90 Supercycle with a rusty chain.

Now, we have full grown adults claiming you need full gear and better parts to go over anything bigger than a pebble in a $ carbon fiber bike.

It's honestly ridiculous. This bike is more than good enough for anyone that isn't an Olympic-level athlete, or thinks they are an Olympic-level athlete.
We used to run barefoot, now we have full grown adults claiming that we need good running shoes! OMG imagine how spoiled they are
igatomic wrote: ↑ The 9 speed twist shifter is 20 year old technology, but has very few moving parts to break compared with the trigger shifter. Considering the shifter alone is a $40 part if you need to replace it, $ for the rest of the bike sounds like a pretty good deal.
It isn't a twist shifter from pictures, looks like an altus rapidfire on a generic brake lever

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Oct 15th, am
Bidjaan
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Sep 7,
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Oct 15th, am

2 in stock at Bridgeport Waterloo Walmart.

For $ you are getting what you pay for…. Value. I would listen to the comments at , and For the clearance price, ride and enjoy. It is what it is so don’t complain. If it’s a lemon not a real big loss. There is some type of customer support for warranty. If I needed a bike, would have snatched it up as a value buy.
Oct 15th, am
Clutch77
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Oct 15th, am

Upvote OP. Ignore the downvote. Thanks & appreciated!
Oct 15th, am
Kevin8se7en
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Nov 28,
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Orleans, ON

Oct 15th, am

The Stittsville one is phantom stock BTW
Quite the opposite actually. It's the snobs that need to do that. Almost no one needs a bike better than this. All I did was give an example that pretty much everyone can relate to.
neonic wrote: ↑We used to run barefoot, now we have full grown adults claiming that we need good running shoes! OMG imagine how spoiled they are
Yeah Literally 10,yrs ago When people would literally die because their feet weren't protected.

You're comparing that to bike snobs saying an $ bike isn't good enough for trails? Lmao you're out of touch with reality bud.

If you want to spend $ on a bike Go ahead. I don't care. I like nice stupid things sometimes too. But to come in here and say this isn't enough is just ignorant. The cyclist bunch is a lot like the watch crowd. They get very defensive when you point out their Rolex isn't any more accurate than a Timex. Lol
Oct 15th, am
mikebmt
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Nov 13,
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Oct 15th, am

Kevin8se7en wrote: ↑ Quite the opposite actually. It's the snobs that need to do that. Almost no one needs a bike better than this. All I did was give an example that pretty much everyone can relate to.
This is your logic:

"I used to watch TV on a 19" CRT, now people claiming I need a 65" OLED, its RIDICULOUS!"

"I used to memorize my friends number and phone them on my landline, now people claiming I need a smartphone, IT'S RIDICULOUS!"

Just because you used to be a ratty kid riding over roots on a shitty bike doesn't mean everyone needs to do that.

You sound absurd, it's about embracing the technology that exists today. Stop being that old guy that "used to" to crappy things nobody cares about. Go put a puzzle together or play jacks while we ride our carbon bikes to the BestBuy to pick up Virtual Reality goggles for our PS5s.
Oct 15th, am
TriftyTings
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Nov 17,
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Toronto

Oct 15th, am

I tried to snag one of these when they went on sale during the pandemic but failed. This youtube account has a few reviews, tests, and upgrades on the bike for those interested.

Oct 15th, am
ellesdad
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Dec 10,
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Arviat

Oct 15th, am

Kevin8se7en wrote: ↑
It's honestly ridiculous. This bike is more than good enough for anyone that isn't an Olympic-level athlete, or thinks they are an Olympic-level athlete.
lol the hurtful things that the bike would say back if only it could talk - why you fat arse gotta be so picky?
Oct 15th, am
clseea
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Nov 21,
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Edmonton

Oct 15th, am

So much anger over a bike lol
It's a great deal for $
If you're a bike elitist and downvoting, you're likely not viewing the deal objectively for what it is
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