May 10, 2024 – Police in Philadelphia have moved to dismantle a homeless encampment in Kensington, an area of the city that is described as the largest open-air drugs market in America. Fentanyl and xylazine, an animal tranquilliser known as ‘tranq’ that causes vivid flesh wounds when injected in the area, are very popular. Mayor Parker earlier acknowledged that the rollout of a strategy to dismantle the entrenched open-air drug market was like “building the plane while I’m flying it” and said she was trying “to do what this city of Philadelphia has never done before”.

Homeless people scattered and outreach workers swooped in after the two-block area was cleared.