The new Land Bank offers the opportunity for Philadelphia to reverse neighborhood decline by assembling land into tracts suitable for development. Tom Ferrick looks at the history — and the possible future — of abandoned property in the city.
Edwin Desamour spent eight years in prison for murder. Now, he and other ex-offenders are on a mission to make sure a new generation does not follow that path. Solomon Jones writes about the energetic founder of the group called MIMIC.
The city has a grant to enlist entrepreneurs to solve problems and one is going to an Atlanta company that has taken an old idea and adapted it as a new way to fight crime. Solomon Jones explains the story behind Village Defense.
The unintended consequence of a new city program to stop the spread of bed bugs may be more bed bugs. Nathaniel Lee reports on how some residents in Southwest Philly are responding to the city’s mandate to wrap discarded mattresses in plastic bags.
If only someone in city government had done their job, the tragedy that was the Buck Hosiery factory fire could have been averted. Tom Ferrick reports on a damning grand jury report on the blaze, which killed two firefighters.
The number of people being turned away from emergency shelter in Philadelphia has tripled in just three years, despite data that shows the number of homeless has remained steady. Isaiah Thompson reports on a troubling trend.
With the Great Recession over, the pace of development in Center City is picking up. We look at what’s happening on the retail front, with new stores opening and the promise of more. Carla Robinson reports on the retail revival.