Abandoned Property: A Special Report

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Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

As education budget cuts have spread throughout the state of Pennsylvania, building closures present a way for school districts to quickly lower their costs. In Philadelphia, a large wave of closings occurred in 2013. During this time, the School District of Philadelphia closed 23 schools to help shrink a looming financial deficit of more than […]

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Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Street Soccer USA On any given night in the United States, there are approximately 564,708 people who are counted as homeless. On any given night in this country, there are also 39,907 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 18-24. As of 2014, at a local level, between 30 and 40 percent of Philadelphia’s youth live […]

 By Kate Hartman and Ben Griffiths

Plan Philly: Vacant School Buildings Affect Surrounding Communities

Plan Philly: Vacant School Buildings Affect Surrounding Communities

[vimeo 54932985] A group of young boys shoot a basketball into an aging hoop at the end of a large asphalt school yard. Behind them is the shell of the School District of Philadelphia’s second oldest educational facility, the George W. Childs Elementary School, vacated and locked tight since June 2010. The brown brick of the […]

 By Tim Johnson and Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: Abandoned Buildings Plague the Neighborhood While City Organizations Work Toward Improvement

Hunting Park: Abandoned Buildings Plague the Neighborhood While City Organizations Work Toward Improvement

Residents of the 4000 block of North Darien Street are like a family. Whether it’s giving the kids a safe place to play after school or forcing thugs and drug dealers off the block, the residents are constantly battling negative elements to improve the quality of life in their area. Yet for all their efforts, […]

 By Stephen M. Rose and Whitney R. Segel

Kensington: Renewal Rehabs Abandoned Properties to Help the Community to Lower Crime

Kensington: Renewal Rehabs Abandoned Properties to Help the Community to Lower Crime

Finding a really helpful neighbor can at times be difficult in some urban areas, particularly on blocks where one-third of the properties are abandoned and vacant. However, if you live on the 900 block of East Westmoreland Street, Jamie Moffett is the best neighbor to have because of his work addressing abandoned properties. Through Moffet’s […]

 By Justin Boylan

Kensington: The Neighborhood Tries to Cope With the Fire’s Aftermath

Kensington: The Neighborhood Tries to Cope With the Fire’s Aftermath

The blocks that surround the abandoned warehouse, located at 1871 E. York St., which caught fire early Monday morning, continue to be off-limits as construction workers and firefighters spent countless hours trying to clear the area of leftover debris and hazardous material. Now that the flames have been put out, city workers were left to […]

 By Ahlora Thomas-Lyons

Kensington: The Fire and The Aftermath

Kensington: The Fire and The Aftermath

Imagine waking up at 3 a.m. to sirens, bright lights and smoke-filled air. Your block is almost completely engulfed in flames. For the next two days the place that you call home would be bombarded with city officials, reporters and bystanders alike. This became reality for the residents of Jasper and Boston streets as a […]

 By Samantha Anderson

Kensington: Investigation Ongoing Into Fire That Left Two Fire Fighters Dead

Kensington: Investigation Ongoing Into Fire That Left Two Fire Fighters Dead

Demolition crews worked into the afternoon, knocking down brick after brick of what once was an abandoned warehouse, located at 1871 York St., in a blaze that left two fire fighters dead. A warehouse went up in flames and became a five-alarm fire at 3 a.m. today. Police cars and fire trucks were parked on […]

 By Lee Miller and Casey Moore

Mantua: Youth Group Tries to Rejuventate Shuttered Church

Mantua: Youth Group Tries to Rejuventate Shuttered Church

At the corner of 34th and Brandywine streets is an abandoned church, a sight not uncommon in Philadelphia. However, this church isn’t being left to rot until someone scoops up the property for development. New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, which shut its doors last October, is now under the control of I Am Focused Inc. […]

 By Alyssa Andrews

East Falls: Community Looks for Business From Abandoned Property

East Falls: Community Looks for Business From Abandoned Property

At the gateway of East Falls on Ridge Avenue, surrounded by a chain-link fence, lays a large empty lot known as “The Rivage.” Gina Snyder, the executive director of the East Falls Development Corp., looks to this site and sees the future of the local business district. In December, the future may become much clearer. […]