Housing

 By Jennifer Reardon and Maria Konidaris

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

During their patrols with the Mayfair Town Watch, John Vearling and Len Roberts heard the same complaints from residents over and over again. The owners of this property did not shovel their sidewalk when it snowed. This owner failed to maintain the lawn. The renters in this household would not put their trash outside at […]

 By Megan Linkfield

Ludlow: Senior Housing Creates a Community

Ludlow: Senior Housing Creates a Community

A van pulls up at a side door of a large concrete structure and 10 petite, mostly gray- and white-haired women, each with her hands full, emerge from behind its double doors and make their way inside. For the next 50 minutes they gather in the community room chatting over the television and with each […]

 By Jonathan Viguers and Nicole Volpicelli

Fairhill: Living a Homeless Life

Fairhill: Living a Homeless Life
 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

How does the old adage go? Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes? It is hard to image a saying more fitting for homeowners going through mortgage delinquency and foreclosure. For many, it is hard to imagine the possibility of losing a home to foreclosure and the constant anxiety that […]

 Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. While sifting through the mail, they notice those huge, foreboding letters staring back at them. Foreclosure. The word hits them like a punch to the gut. Their face goes flush. They can almost feel the blood rushing down their legs. Their heart stops momentarily, then begins to pound like a […]

 By Jonathan Viguers and Nicole Volpicelli

Fairhill: Homeless

Fairhill: Homeless

William Anderson Payne is under the bridge at Second and Indiana avenues. He stands beside freight tracks in a makeshift bedroom. The bed has risers and a headboard. Someone has managed to pull a garden hose under the bridge. Water gushes from the hose and under it lies old toothbrushes and needles made muddy in […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

Brewerytown: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Housing

Brewerytown’s real estate power struggle has been burning hot for about five years now. But recently the neighborhood’s renaissance has been stalled, leaving new buyers and long-time residents left wondering if the new found interest in their North Philadelphia neighborhood was a false alarm or the prelude to something bigger? Over the last 10 years […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Strawberry Mansion: Battling Vacancy

Strawberry Mansion: Battling Vacancy

In Strawberry Mansion housing runs the gambit from centuries old, protected historic mansions to the vacant, burnt-out shells of abandoned residences. The neighborhood also offers a nearly three-mile stretch of scenic and leisurely driving on Kelly Drive following the Schuylkill River’s eastern bank through Fairmount Park with views of some of the oldest homes in […]

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