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March 4, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
PEOPLE FROM all over Philadelphia came together Saturday to tell their stories about gentrification at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. Organizers had issued fliers calling for an "emergency town hall" to confront a "crisis facing black Philadelphia: the demise of our neighborhoods. " In gentrification, some neighborhoods are targeted for revitalization - but the new development leads to huge rent or property-tax increases that often force longtime residents out. Sister Empress Phile, one of the organizers, said the group will host more town halls and ask for more public meetings, including congressional hearings.
NEWS
March 8, 1988 | By KATHY SHEEHAN, Daily News Staff Writer
When police at a substation in Spring Garden began organizing block captains last year, they were surprised to find that Hispanics and the so- called yuppies of the changing neighborhood wanted to hold separate meetings. "They thought they didn't have common concerns," said Lt. John Downs, even though both cultural factions are opposed to drug dealing, auto theft, abandoned housing, poorly kept public housing and illegal trash dumping. Downs believes the residents' perceptions of each other may have changed slightly since then.
NEWS
January 23, 1990 | By Doreen Carvajal, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the cold logic of urban evolution, can gourmet restaurants and art galleries rout crack? That's the six-figure issue for residents of Spring Garden, a gentrifying neighborhood of stately trees and grand six-figure Victorian homes - but also a neighborhood with a flourishing crack trade on its streets. It was just four years ago that one of the leaders in the gentrification movement predicted that simple economics guaranteed change for the rectangular neighborhood northwest of Center City.
NEWS
September 11, 1989 | By ROBERT A. BEAUREGARD
Has gentrification in the 1980s replaced Urban Renewal as the enemy of low- income neighborhoods? Should we villify gentrifiers, or shower them with praises? Offer them our assistance, or block their path? How we answer those questions depends not only upon what we mean by gentrification and what we understand about how it actually works, but also upon a recognition of the way in which attitudes toward gentrification in Philadelphia are entwined with property-tax issues. Thus, we must also consider the effects of the recent six-year property-tax equalization program.
NEWS
December 14, 1986 | By Vanessa Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the surface, there is nothing extraordinary about the two-story house that Michael Jones bought and helped rebuild in North Camden, a decayed neighborhood tucked beneath the Ben Franklin Bridge. But the red brick structure, which took about six months and $25,000 to rehabilitate, represents more than one man's desire to have a place of his own. It is part of a pioneering effort by residents in his neighborhood to ensure that poor and working-class people can stay if legions of more affluent gentrifiers are to discover North Camden as they have done in formerly declining sections of Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 15, 2011
By Akili Nkrumah, Carla Harris, and Philé Chionesu The Philadelphia City Planning Commission's recently completed comprehensive plan, designed to shape the city's land-use and other priorities for the next 25 years, is unfortunately a blueprint for the gentrification of African American, Latino, and poor white neighborhoods, as well as a chronicle of the utter neglect of their interests. It represents a breathtaking capitulation by the city's African American, Latino, and supposedly progressive leadership.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | By CHARLES L. DUNCAN JR
On Monday, Philadelphia will hold a special sheriff's sale exposing over 900 properties to sale. The black community should show some concern about because 827 of the properties that are exposed to this sale are located in the black community. This is the third special sheriff sale of its kind within the last two years. These are issues which should be addressed by the black community: Exactly how many properties in the black community is the city planning to expose to sheriff sale for non-payment of taxes and water rents?
NEWS
August 15, 2006 | Linda D. Bryant
Re: "Eminent domain turned on its ear in Brewerytown," Aug. 10: As a resident of the Brewerytown section of North Philadelphia, kudos to Al Alston for saving a property at 31st and Master Streets from being taken over by the Westrum Development Co., and preventing the total gentrification of the neighborhood. I have attended several community meetings, and it always seemed as though Alston was and is the only person sincerely concerned with maintaining the flavor of the Brewerytown section and not letting long-time residents be displaced or forced out by Westrum.
NEWS
June 18, 1988 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twenty years ago, Robert Thomason took to heart the conclusion of the Kerner Commission: America was two societies - one black and poor, one white and rich. He didn't want to see that kind of polarization in his neighborhood in New York, a lively place where blacks and whites, Jews and Catholics lived together in peace. So he enlisted the help of five local churches, started a neighborhood association and set about to "build a stable, interracial neighborhood. " Today, the brownstone and limestone houses that sold for $20,000 in 1968 are going for $350,000.
NEWS
November 26, 1986 | By Dan Meyers, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
The battle over a bill allowing a property-tax break to Philadelphians in gentrified neighborhoods continued late yesterday, as the state Senate made major changes in the measure before passing it and sending it to the House. One amendment restored wording designed to protect state funding for Philadelphia schools, which totaled $130 million this year. Another removed from the bill restrictions Mayor Goode had sought on how much a property would have to increase in value for the homeowner to qualify for a tax break.
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September 26, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
On an overcast morning in June, Chaplain Jeff Harley of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission cast a skeptical eye down Pearl Street, an alley that's been caught up in - but has not caught up with - the burgeoning revitalization of the Chinatown North neighborhood. "I wouldn't take any pictures down there. They're selling drugs, getting high - they'll get really paranoid," he told Anula Shetty and Michael Kuetemeyer. The artists were there to collect panoramic images and video footage for what they're calling an interactive documentary, a mobile app that will explore the life of Pearl Street, and potentially create a chronicle of gentrification.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat Shannon purses his lips into a frown with each clip of the scissors and stroke of the razor, the lines across his face a testament to decades of repetition. Tucked in a tiny storefront in Wayne, Pat's Barber Shop has kept the same business model for more than 35 years: No appointments, no credit cards, and no frills. It will remain the same "as long as I have people coming in," Shannon said. In a Main Line town that boasts of fine dining and boutiques, Pat's Barber Shop is the place that gentrification forgot, a reminder of the past on North Wayne Avenue.
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March 4, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
PEOPLE FROM all over Philadelphia came together Saturday to tell their stories about gentrification at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. Organizers had issued fliers calling for an "emergency town hall" to confront a "crisis facing black Philadelphia: the demise of our neighborhoods. " In gentrification, some neighborhoods are targeted for revitalization - but the new development leads to huge rent or property-tax increases that often force longtime residents out. Sister Empress Phile, one of the organizers, said the group will host more town halls and ask for more public meetings, including congressional hearings.
NEWS
July 27, 2013 | By Patrick Kerkstra
In too many Philadelphia circles, there's a view that the answer to the city's poverty pandemic is to just open more coffee shops, more restaurants, more yoga studios. More Center City, in other words. In this view, virtuous "urban pioneers" - as they sometimes call themselves, seemingly unaware of what that phrase implies about the neighborhoods they are settling in - are eradicating poverty block by block, renovating row homes and old warehouses, or building townhomes on formerly vacant lots.
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 2300 block of Christian Street sits squarely in Graduate Hospital, for more than a decade one of the city's hottest neighborhoods, where new homes and residents have translated into skyrocketing prices. While about half the homes are filled with newcomers, the block also reflects the strong attachment Philadelphians have traditionally shared with their neighborhoods. The other half of the homes there have had the same owners for an average of 27 1/2 years, according to a City Council analysis, including three under the same ownership for more than 50 years.
TRAVEL
April 8, 2013 | By Marc Fisher, Washington Post
Baltimore's Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, once the city's supreme skyscraper, always delivers a smile. It's a symbol of kitsch and nostalgia, like the city itself. It's a reminder of a gritty past and an uncertain present. Joe Wall, the tower's facility manager, is leading a free tour of the Clock Room, with the story of the tower's heyday (a 20-ton blue bottle of the headache remedy sat atop the building), its decline (a stereotypical Baltimore tale of neglect and despair), and its renaissance (reborn as artists' studios)
NEWS
November 13, 2012 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
WINDING ROSES PARK in Francisville has for years been "a place of celebration. " The lush "arts garden" includes mosaic tiles on stone tables and benches with rosebushes around it, along with an elegant mural on the wall with giant pink roses at the bottom and smaller ones that spiral up a brick trellis. "It's a beautiful oasis," Una Vee Bruce, a longtime Francisville community activist, said of the park. When it opened in the 1990s, neighbors celebrated birthdays and graduations there.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | Troy Graham
Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday voted a bill out of committee that would provide property-tax relief to longtime homeowners in gentrified neighborhoods — mostly areas that saw soaring property values from new construction and rehabilitated homes after the city began offering a 10-year tax abatement on the value of improvements. The bill would allow residents who have lived in those areas for more than a decade to cap increases in their assessed market values at triple their current value.
NEWS
April 22, 2012 | By Charles Murray
Coming Apart, the book I published a few months ago, tracks the cultural divergences in America's classes from 1960 to 2010, focusing on whites as a way of getting people to understand that the problems I describe aren't driven by minorities. I used Belmont, an affluent Boston suburb, as my label for the white upper middle class, and Fishtown, referring to Philadelphia's own Fishtown, one of the oldest white working-class communities in America, as my label for the white working class.
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September 22, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mama Turner has died, and she hasn't been tucked away for more than a couple hours before the fighting between her two grown daughters begins. Her son tries to be the buffer, but old wounds still itch and burn, and aged Papa is too senile to understand what's going on. What's going on is gentrification in the African American neighborhood where the Turners built a family, raised their kids, watch their grandchildren - and then their great-granddaughter -...
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