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Urban Blight

(Advertising benches in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia.  Credit: Jim Sanderlin)

Philadelphia Prepares To Remove Illegal Advertising Benches Citywide

The advertising benches are typically cement and wood, and advertise everything from strip clubs to diners.

05/13/2013

(The former Gretz Brewery, on Germantown Avenue, is one of about 25,000 abandoned buildings in Philadelphia.  File photo)

With Death of Firefighters, Philadelphia’s Blight Becomes More Urgent Issue

The Thomas Buck building, where the fire that killed two firefighters on Monday started, is just one of about 25,000 vacant properties in Philadelphia that create safety hazards in neighborhoods.

04/10/2012

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo)

Philadelphia Lawmakers OK Massive Billboard Despite Federal Funds Warning

The bill now goes to the mayor, who is expected to veto it and send it back to Council.

12/01/2011

UrbanBlight

Small Change In Policy Could Have Big Impact For Philadelphia Homeless

A new policy set in motion by PHA head Michael Kelly looks to battle homelessness and urban blight.

06/07/2011

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Is PHA’s Greene Controversy Distracting Agency From Work?

A group fighting urban blight wants to have a meeting with the Philadelphia Housing Authority to determine whether the Carl Greene controversy has been a distraction in tending to boarded-up, vacant homes under PHA control.

10/13/2010