things.'' When asked if the city's problems would be largely solved if the economy boomed, he curtly replies, ``It has boomed, and it hasn't solved the problems.'' Much urban poverty is resistant to economic growth because it is rooted not in material deficits but in intangible deficits--of the habits, mores, values and dispositions necessary for thriving in an urban society. Hence, he says, the value of getting people ``involved in a structured religious experience.'' His voice rising, he says, ``Every day children are being limited. They need music, dance, chess, all kinds of enrichment. Who's going to do it? The people arguing about constitutional niceties aren't going to roll up their sleeves and do it.'' Street is too busy ``to worry about what some judge might say about what we can or cannot do.'' About 10 years ago he approached some teen-agers playing basketball on a playground. First, he established his basketball credentials with one of them--``I took him to school.'' Then he asked if the boys had ever had any dealings with the church down the street. The boys said sure--the churchgoers parked on their court on Sunday, and complained about the boys' noise. ``That,'' Street recalls disgustedly, ``was the quality of interaction between a faith-based organization and the community.'' Such organizations, he says, shouldn't be ``challenged and beaten back every time they think of doing something.'' That is Street-smarts, Philadelphia style.