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Struggles, part II

From Philadelphia Weekly: Two weeks ago, I shared a pair of stories a former colleague told me about how he navigates the dance classified as working poor. Since telling his story via my column, I’ve received numerous emails from readers (and thank you) who’ve shared similar tales of what they go through just to survive a day-to-day. (Read more.)

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5 smart lessons about investing to end poverty in Philadelphia

From Generocity: Despite Philly’s many cross-sector collaborations, local government efforts and discussions — prepare yourself for this shocker — ending poverty isn’t easy, which is why it hasn’t happened yet. Indeed, as panelist and GreenLight Fund Philadelphia ED Omar Woodard put it at ImpactPHL’s recent “Investing to End Poverty” event, it’s a Gordian knot. (Read more.)

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Struggles

From Philadelphia Weekly: I ran into an old colleague of mine recently who, like our publication, is a part of an initiative called Broke in Philly. Under anonymity he confided that there are problems even today that despite appearing to be on the level financially, are constantly holding him underwater. But he also noted savvy ways he’s staying afloat even though it inevitably comes to the detriment of his wallet — at times harder than he would like. (Read more.)

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Philly wants to teach retiring business owners how to sell — to their workers

From Philadelphia Media Network: On this bustling business corridor and transportation hub in West Philadelphia, most of the shops that have endured for two decades or more, the ones that solidified 52nd Street’s place as a neighborhood anchor, may soon disappear. Those owners, some of them well into their 70s and even 80s, don’t know whether their shops will live on after they can no longer work. (Read more.)