Housing

 

Kensington: Past, Present and Future

Kensington: Past, Present and Future

Factories and textile mills line the neighborhood’s streets. The owner of a local restaurant runs down the street to fill up on supplies. The number of those employed outweighs the number of those unemployed. Business is booming and food is on nearly every table. This was Kensington just over 50 years ago. Life in the […]

 By Brad Larrison and Lindsay Burgess

Brewerytown: Commercial Developments to Improve Quality of Life

Brewerytown: Commercial Developments to Improve Quality of Life

Ten years ago, West Girard Avenue looked like a completely different street. What used to be a sidewalk littered with vacant storefronts is now a budding commercial corridor where new businesses are cropping up left and right. “Walking up Girard Avenue a few years back, all you’d see were cell phone retailers and Chinese food […]

 By Lindsay Burgess and Brad Larrison

Strawberry Mansion: Residential Expansion Projects Replace Blight

Strawberry Mansion: Residential Expansion Projects Replace Blight

“I call this particular site here ‘one stop,’” Lenora Jackson-Evans beams from her seat at the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation’s conference table. “We try to do whatever we can for the neighborhood as a whole.” Jackson-Evans is the executive director of the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center (NAC), an organization that shares its headquarters […]

 By Brittany Miller

Hunting Park: Vacant Lot Leads to Cleanup and Frustration

Hunting Park: Vacant Lot Leads to Cleanup and Frustration

After 20 years of what residents are calling abandonment, Catalina Hunter, One Hope Community Church, United Way and local residents decided it was time to make use of the vacant lot. Within a year, this group devised a plan to get the 1.5 acres of land into shape on the 4400 block of Fourth Street. […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

  The difficult issues of Germantown Settlement and its subsidiary Greater Germantown Housing Development Corp. (GGHDC) have been playing out in bankruptcy court like a bloodless coup d’état. The non-profit monopoly is being dismantled with apparently no recourse to restructure. Most recently, Chief Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Raslavich ruled that Germantown Settlement and GGHDC would […]

 By Stacey Naughton

Logan: Housing Problems Continue Despite Location and Price

Logan: Housing Problems Continue Despite Location and Price

There have been 19 houses sold so far this year in the Logan neighborhood, and real estate agent Curt Gasper only expects sales to get better. With houses being sold as low as $10,000 it’s curious why more people aren’t flocking to Logan. Gasper says that since Logan is so close to Center City and […]

 By Brad Larrison and Lindsay Burgess

Strawberry Mansion: New Project Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhood

Strawberry Mansion: New Project Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhood

City and state officials gathered under a white canvas tent on the mud-covered corner of 31st and Diamond streets on Tuesday to celebrate the commencement of the Strawberry Mansion Townhomes project. The event featured an array of speakers including Mayor Michael Nutter, State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes and City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke. The turnout […]

 By Lindsay Burgess and Brad Larrison

Strawberry Mansion: Councilman Clarke Tackles Urban Blight

Strawberry Mansion: Councilman Clarke Tackles Urban Blight

City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke’s office, a small, plain space found on the fourth floor of City Hall, is a bustling hub of activity. Staff members and concerned constituents shuffle in and out of the tall, narrow wooden doors while Clarke sits in a meeting just a room away. Melvin Smith and Zenobia Harris, two […]

 By Manuel Agurto

North Central: New Construction Threatens to Erase a Community’s History

North Central: New Construction Threatens to Erase a Community’s History

Very often when new government programs are implemented, it can take years for them to take effect. For example, Philadelphia launched a 10-year abatement program to boost a long decline in population in 1997. The program holds the tax assessment value at a property’s pre-development level for a decade. Initially this tax abatement only applied […]

 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 […]