Strawberry Mansion: Property Developers Strive To Improve Neighborhood

Strawberry Mansion: Property Developers Strive To Improve Neighborhood

When walking through Strawberry Mansion, you may notice an overabundance of vacant properties and abandoned houses. It was not always like this. Due to redlining, a racist collusion between banks and city government, where people of certain races were prevented from buying homes in certain sections of the city, the historic neighborhood on the edge […]

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East Kensington: Neighbors Work To Preserve Letterly Green

East Kensington: Neighbors Work To Preserve Letterly Green

Stephanie Koenig, 36, moved to the East Kensington area with her husband, Lewis Colburn, in 2009. The couple, both sculptors who found studio space in Philadelphia, bought a house across the street from Letterly Green, an empty plot of land that spans half a block long, two years later. Along with their next-door neighbors, Onais […]

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Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Like other parts of the city, Northern Liberties’ housing market has rapidly expanded in recent years. It seems as if every other street is restricted by orange construction barricades. By the time the seasons change, they’re gone, a new building is up and an old brick home is being demolished. New construction often comes with […]

 

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

For Mary McCarthy and other longtime homeowners, the communities of Manayunk and Roxborough are areas that have rapidly changed during the last 20 years. Since the mid-1990’s, the community has shifted from mostly family style homes to apartments rented primarily by young adults. This change in demographic has brought a multitude of changes to the area, […]

 

Mantua: Months After Flames Force Rescue, Home Still Stands Silent

Mantua: Months After Flames Force Rescue, Home Still Stands Silent

Some homes have been kept in the same family for generations, some have seen great tragedies like fire or flood, others are left vacant or forgotten and the rare few have been given a proper funeral before being torn down. Every house has a story and 3952 Aspen St. is no exception. On July 12, […]

 

Lancaster Avenue: District Attorney’s Office to Seize Former Women’s Medical Society Building

Lancaster Avenue: District Attorney’s Office to Seize Former Women’s Medical Society Building

The District Attorney’s Office of Philadelphia has entered into the early stages of seizing 3801 Lancaster Avenue, formerly known as the Women’s Medical Society. Nearly a year after the notorious Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder of three babies and third-degree murder of his patient Karnamaya Mongar, the D.A’s office has decided to […]

 By Hannah Eshleman and Dillon Mast

Kensington: The Economics of Property Development Eliminates Many Residents

Kensington: The Economics of Property Development Eliminates Many Residents

[vimeo 54823752] Though homeownership is believed to be able to reduce crime and transform neighborhoods, the economic reality of housing in Kensington makes the goal of homeownership difficult for many to achieve. Nick Huynh, 43, is the quadrilingual broker of record for Nick’s Real Estate, located at 1905 E. Allegheny Ave. Nick’s Real Estate has listings […]

 By Hannah Eshleman and Dillon Mast

Kensington: The Economics of a Fractured Community

Kensington: The Economics of a Fractured Community

Longtime Kensington resident and self-described activist Jamie Moffett, 36, is working alongside fellow residents to use homeownership as a way to revitalize the neighborhood. Moffett’s initiative, Kensington Renewal, works to rehab blighted houses and turn them into owner-occupied homes within its targeted area, a triangular block bordered by H and Ontario streets, down to the […]

 By Christine Fisher

Center City: Housing Authority Makes Money on Auction; Critics Complain Neighborhood Buyers Left Out

Center City: Housing Authority Makes Money on Auction; Critics Complain Neighborhood Buyers Left Out

[vimeo 32283059] The Philadelphia Housing Authority brought in $7 million this week at its first auction of blighted properties, but critics disliked what they described as a process that favored real estate developers over neighborhood buyers. With the help of Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Co., PHA auctioned nearly 400 vacant, scattered-site properties throughout […]