The City of Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement on new construction has led to the gentrification of our most vulnerable communities. By giving huge breaks to those who build or refurbish housing, the tax abatement has increased property values in some of our poorest neighborhoods. Along the way, it has pushed out poor tenants through higher rents,…

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AS A MEMBER organization in a coalition called the Campaign To Take Back Vacant Land, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) helped to make the Philadelphia Land Bank a reality. But the Land Bank war is far from over, and in some ways, it’s just beginning. Currently operating under the guidance of a temporary board of…

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WHEN COLUMBIA Avenue was Jump Street, and Ridge Avenue was a vital commercial artery that snaked through the heart of North Philly, the neighborhood known as Sharswood was a place where black doctors and teachers provided a middle-class buffer against the scourge of poverty. That changed in 1969, when the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) completed…

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