Introducing The Community Preservation Alliance


The Community Preservation Alliance’s mission is fighting blight throughout Philadelphia and PA

Philadelphia is Finally Selling its Vacant Lots – Want One?


As Ryan Briggs reported in this article for WHYY, after the 2019 intensive overhaul of Philadelphia’s long-troubled land sale process, the City is finally selling off some of its 6,000 vacant parcels. While this is being lauded as progress, the … Continue reading

Time to Revisit The Philadelphia Land Bank


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The Land Bank was created with the best of intentions and input from numerous stakeholder groups. The exhaustive process to formulate, structure and implement the Land Bank took years, and it was finally brought into being in early 2017. Now … Continue reading

Urban Blight is Still a Problem. The Solution? You.

Abandoned homes, and urban blight are a huge problem in the city of Philadelphia. This article published by about 6 months ago, highlights how gentrification, and urban blight go hand-in-hand. Philadelphia is a city that is constantly changing. Our population is increasing, while our supply of commercial and residential spaces struggles to rise to meet demand.

By recognizing the problem of urban blight, we can report it, and do something about it. I, personally, would like to see Philadelphia become a city that we can all take pride in. Not just a city of socially stratified neighborhoods.

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There’s Nothing Cool About Blight

We don’t think these are “cool,” as Curbed Philly coined them.  They are blight, pure and simple, destroying neighborhoods and robbing the city of energy, vitality, and economic activity.  What’s cool about that?

We do not advocate the “hobby” of entering abandoned buildings, as it is illegal and extremely dangerous.  Nonetheless, as long as some insist on this activity, there will be records of our abandoned buildings.

What they are, of course, are faded glories some of which will be rescued from demolition as Philadelphia’s development and growth continues.  Significantly, both Mt. Sinai and the Dreuding Building have received significant investor interest recently and will likely be developed soon.  Ditto the Metropolitan, however, the outlook on that is less certain.



Read more here:

Eight of the Coolest Abandoned Places in Philly – Curbed Maps – Curbed Philly.