No­to­ri­ous heroin mar­ket along train tracks to be cleaned up

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PHILADEL­PHIA | The cleanup of an open-air heroin mar­ket that has thrived for decades along a set of train tracks

miles out­side the heart of Philadel­phia has started, but of­fi­cials are cau­tion­ing that the ef­fort will be long and dif­fi­cult.

Con­rail on Mon­day be­gan mov­ing heavy equip­ment and pre­par­ing its stag­ing area at the half-mile stretch of rail­road known as El Cam­pa­mento.

The city and the com­pany de­bated for more than seven months on how best to re­move the lay­ers of trash that cover the sunken-in gorge. Among the is­sues fac­ing author­i­ties is dense fo­liage that helps to hide drug us­age as well as the dis­posal of the hun­dreds of sy­ringes that line the tracks.

City of­fi­cials say they’ll set up trail­ers in the area that will of­fer food and health screen­ings.

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