The new year is traditionally a time for looking back. For Karen Webb, the subject of a front page story today by Inquirer Staff Writer Jennifer Lin, it means looking way back - not just in time, but in circumstances.
Three years ago, at age 46, Karen was a fixture on East Market Street, across from the federal courthouse, right next to the Dunkin' Donuts.
She would sit on the sidewalk and panhandle with a cup, a sign - "Homeless and hungry" - and her dog, Kenya.
With the hindsight of sobriety, she sees that much of the mess of the last five years was the result of her choices.
We walked with her as she revisited some of the areas she used to inhabit.