What I think is worth watching is the effect expanding contiguous areas of economic revitalization have on the city. Philly used to be a city where you couldn't escape poverty. Walk a few blocks in any direction and you were almost bound to hit it (and all the ills associated with that poverty). Now much of "Greater Center City" has been revitalized, and these areas are expanding. Will that create some effect in which people see Philadelphia as a more attractive place to live/work/locate a business? And will that, long-term, help drive down the poverty rate?
And related to that, will increasingly contiguous areas of revitalization change the nature of politics in this city, as councilmembers must contend with constituents they could dismiss in the past? (Specifically, districts 1 through 5, and perhaps 6 and 8).
You can still see the change at Lehigh Avenue in the 20's, 45 years after the whites left. The area south of Lehigh has been black longer, and it is in much worse condition. Houses don't fail as soon as blacks move in. It takes decades of neglect for a house to fall apart, especially a house which has been maintained in excellent condition for decades up to a certain point. This is not to say that no black person knows how to keep their house up - even in the ghettoes you'll see houses here and there which are maintained in excellent condition. However, those tend to be the exception rather than the rule. In addition, in white neighborhoods people are more willing to be investors than in black neighborhoods. I think this is because the vast majority of investors are white, and there are just too many stories about white investors/business owners getting murdered in the ghettoes, so when houses go derelict due to fires or neglect in a white neighborhood, there is a highly functioning market which will bring that house back to snuff and prevent it from become a block-ruining eyesore, generally speaking, while that mechanism isn't nearly as efficient in the black neighborhoods. Combine the lack of maintenance in black neighborhoods with the paucity of investors willing to deal with the tidal wave of unmaintained homes in the ghetto and you get dramatically differering conditions of the housing stock between white neighborhoods and black neighborhoods of the same vintage and with the same original housing stock. This explains all of the vacant lots at 15th below Temple, as opposed to the lack of vacant lots in the traditionally white parts of South Philly. One final caveat - due to blacks' general relative lack of handiness and relative lack of interest in fixing up their homes, the houses in the ghettoes tend to be more original than in the white neighborhoods, which periodically get freshened up. That's what makes places like Germantown such treasure troves of original features - noone bothered to fix them up during the years when people were doing awful things to their homes in white neighborhoods, and demolition by neglect, while bad, isn't nearly as bad as active demolition. A friend of mine who was involved in rehabbing Powelton Village pointed this out to me. As stylish as black culture and black people generally are, they seem to be much more willing to leave their houses in original condition than white people are, especially the South Philly Italians.
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"imagination and memory are but one thing, which for diverse considerations hath diverse names" - Thomas Hobbes
Crack houses have to come from somewhere and anecdotaly, a lot seem to be inherited from a recently deceased relative.
Tom Ferrick credited this trend with the overall reduction in gun crime.
An Uncomfortable Truth - Metropolis
Gun crime is disproportionately committed by young black men, young black men as a group are decreasing within the city limits, so gun crime also decreases. As he says, it's an uncomfortable concept, but does seem more plausible than buying into the idea that the PPD is actually able to do anything about the overall crime rate.
Nice try but I waste of time, to go there with these folks,they will call you a troll lol.If it is not pro
gentrified they do not want to hear it.Along with hipsters and other things lol.
If your family member has been shot, I'm not sure it matters that much if it was because of one crazy white guy's twisted ideology or if it was a shootout between two idiots warring over drug turf, indiscriminately taking out innocents who happen to get in their way. They've been shot for someone else's stupidity, either way.