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Penn alum wins protection for historic West Philadelphia buildings

(01/23/19 6:58am)

Between new apartment buildings, storefronts, and dormitories, several development projects have transformed the image of University City — sometimes at the expense of the region's historic architecture. One Penn alumna however, is taking a stand for the preservation of the city's historical buildings.

City Hall meeting confronts gentrification after West Phila. apartment put up for sale

(01/18/19 6:41am)

The impending sale of an 80-year-old West Philadelphia apartment building has united the fight against losing affordable housing in the city. As the deadline approaches for all 19 residents to vacate the building, the city government and community members are working together — believing that Penn can help in the future with promoting affordable housing.

Mayor Jim Kenney touts Phila. immigration policy at Penn event as crowd member pushes back

(11/15/18 1:00pm)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney spoke about the city’s immigration policies at the crowded Perry World House Wednesday. The conversation was part of a day-long Perry World House event, where officials from cities across the nation gathered to discuss changing local and national immigration policies. 

At a West Philly barber shop, police and residents address issues of racial disparity

(09/21/18 1:20am)

In the West Philadelphia neighborhood situated just beyond the "Penn bubble" on 40th Street,  police officers and community residents say tensions between them often run high. But at a barber shop only a few blocks off campus, Philadelphia police officer and Vice President of the National Black Police Association G. Lamar Stewart is working to bring the community together and bridge the divide.