Behavior: Getting Straight On Delancey Street

Pacific Heights is San Francisco's most exclusive section—and it looks it. Pretty young socialites walk their Afghan hounds along well-kept streets. Well-heeled business executives ride by in chauffeured Rolls-Royces. Baronial mansions overlook the rest of the city. The tenants of one of these mansions do not quite fit the neighborhood picture of opulent elegance: they are 170 former drug addicts and ex-convicts who have done time for crimes ranging from petty theft to armed robbery.

Calling themselves the Delancey Street Family, these unlikely tenants have formed a new "therapeutic community" that is partly...

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