April 26, 2018

Collaborative reporting on economic justice

Life in the Poorest Big City in America

April 20, 2018

Philadelphia is America’s poorest big city; one quarter of its residents live in poverty. NBC10 is highlighting the situation in the collaborative reporting project “BROKE in Philly.” […]

Why 1 in 14 Philly renters faces eviction every year

April 19, 2018

The rowhouse in Port Richmond looked promising, with three bedrooms, new floors, and a small white porch out front. After having moved three times in 15 months, Linda Watson hoped she’d found some stability there with her 21-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. […]

3 maps that explain gentrification in Philadelphia

March 14, 2018

“Gentrification” is a word that gets tossed around a lot, especially in Philadelphia, a city where some neighborhoods are experiencing rapid demographic shifts. (See our series here) The changes mean different things to different people but a common set of facts can help ground conversations. […]

From slums to sleek towers: How Philly became cleaner, safer, and more unequal

March 12, 2018

Harry Schwartz, 84, remembers when his neighborhood, Society Hill, was one of the poorest parts of Philadelphia. But by the time he moved there as a young lawyer in 1969, things had changed. City planners had fixed up crowded blocks of crumbling old houses and razed a congested, old wholesale produce market to make way for majestic modernist towers. […]

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