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Blight Free Philadelphia

October 2001

By the Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project and the Temple University Center for Public Policy

Hoping to turn the tide against a population exodus and the resulting property abandonment and blight, planners in Philadelphia  crafted an extensive plan to revitalize the region's housing market and attact and retain residents.

Thousands of residents from across the city were brought in to provide input on the plan. The plan, adopted by the city, called for the demolition of abandoned properties that could not be salvaged. It also mandated that public dollars be used to leverage private funders to invest in revitalizing targeted Philadelphia neighborhoods. 

 

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