Housing

 By Morgan Zalot and Stephen Zook

Northeast: A Tale of Two Projects

Northeast: A Tale of Two Projects

Liddonfield Homes residents relocated, units to be leveled While no plans are set for the 32-acre site in Holmesburg where work crews will eventually demolish the 436-unit Liddonfield Homes, many in the surrounding neighborhood are breathing a sigh of relief at the closure of this trouble-plagued public housing development. “They were saying for years they […]

 By Stephanie Wharton and Danielle Zimmerman

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Housing Developments in Point Breeze

Older Residents Fear the Worst as Newcomers Move into Point Breeze “There was a time when a white person wouldn’t come into this neighborhood,” said Nick Reeves, laughing. “Except sometimes in a car, but even then they would lock the doors and drive fast until they were through.” Reeves has lived in Point Breeze for […]

 By Ben T. Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: New Building Will Better Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

Nicetown-Tioga: New Building Will Better Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

In a conversation with Jeff Graybill, the project engineer for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, his enthusiasm about his current undertaking is nothing less than contagious. Graybill is presently leading a construction site at 22nd and Venango streets in the Nicetown/Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia, and he’s excited about it. The building, being created by the […]

 By Charlie Lange and Ben Levy

Nicetown-Tioga: Welcoming Students as Neighbors, but Still Waiting

Nicetown-Tioga: Welcoming Students as Neighbors, but Still Waiting

Temple University’s brand new School of Medicine building may look shiny, fancy and full of activity on the outside, but Tioga businessman Andrei Soldatov said the inside is a whole different story. “It’s like a ghost building,” Soldatov said of the building’s interior. “It looks nice, but it’s almost empty.” Though he is not affiliated […]

 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 […]