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You are viewing 5 articles by the author Patrick Kerkstra concerning John Kromer

    • Mural at N. 6th St. (photo by Neal Santos)

The rewards of redevelopment: stabilization and safety

A five-minute tour of Eastern North Philadelphia is enough to convince most anyone that the neighborhood is on the rebound: the abundance of newly built homes and cleaned and greened lots…

    • Special Report: APM set its own rules

Special Report: APM set its own rules

In a city like Philadelphia, where big deals still get hammered out in back rooms and close ties to politicians are a basic part of doing business, even the well intentioned…

    • Customers smile while waiting in line at the deli at Cousin's supermarket

Special Report: A new face on race relations

In the 1970s the city of Philadelphia was less a melting pot than a cauldron: a combustible mix of ethnic and racial tension, economic collapse and an aggressive police force that…

    • Kroc Center site

Vacancy victories are rare, but city says reform is coming

For experienced and savvy developers like Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, navigating Philadelphia's bewildering system for acquiring and developing vacant land is a tedious chore, but doable. For developers who are…

    • Houses along 21st and Carpenter Streets. | Photo: Neal Santos

South by Southwest: how Center City's relentless expansion remade a historic neighborhood

The transformation of Southwest Center City from one of Philadelphia's most blighted and crime-riddled neighborhoods to one of its most desirable is nearly complete. On some blocks, luxe town homes now…

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