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Philadephia Homeless Encampment

By handlerstudio  
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Thank everyone for views and votes on my Chesapeake photos....of older times and our recent sailing trip...and the strong response to my final images of the Bay from yesterday.

You may all remember a few months ago, I ran a several day series about the Homeless Encampment on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Like many American cities, we have a significant homeless population here. We are the fifth or sixth largest city in the country, and have the highest poverty level of any large city in the US, something around 26%. To go with our large homeless population, we have also a large number of vacant housing owned by the city. The encampment started in June (along with another smaller one), with the demands of the city being the use and occupancy of available housing, and a village of "small houses". Three times, negotiations with the mayors office seemed to break down, with threats of "clearing" the encampment forcibly. Each time the city backed downed allowed it to stay up. Finally, about a week ago, the two parties came to an agreement that the "ask" or demands will be met bye the city.....they will take till the Spring to fully implement...and as far as I know, there are intermediate arrangements to house people over the winter. From what I am seeing, this is now a model for other cities facing similar situations which have not been able to work with homeless people successfully.

These photos were taken from inside my van as I was driving by (and stopping) yesterday.



Peter

Tags: Photo journalism Success Philadelphia Homeless encampment Negotiations

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22 Oct 2020 5:03AM
Bravo, may this example spread rapidly, well done those who stuck up for it in your city.
22 Oct 2020 5:08AM
A sad sign of the times lovingly captured, Peter.

Mike
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
22 Oct 2020 6:11AM
very well recorded ----a sad capture
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
22 Oct 2020 8:14AM
Excellent documentation Peter , sounds like a great win , good to hear !!
Ian
Alfie_P Plus
13 927 2 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2020 8:28AM
Good news & about time, splendid images Peter 😊

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Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
22 Oct 2020 8:56AM
Very sad to hear that so many people are homeless in Philadelphia Peter.
A very good documentation in this set of photos. And very well taken from your car.

Arne
22 Oct 2020 2:11PM
Sad to see so many without a home
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2020 2:53PM
A sad state of affairs for what is supposed to be the wealthiest country in the world Peter.

Peter
EMJAYCEE Plus
12 10 10 England
22 Oct 2020 3:18PM
/I second what Peter (Mollycat) has said. Poverty and homelessness in the 21st century should not be happening,
Joan

ps. Great doc.reportage set.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2020 3:53PM
Great to hear PeterSmileSmile

Cliff
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1843 England
22 Oct 2020 4:58PM
It's great to hear of a hopeful situation, and a long discussion with a positive ending. THAT's a model for everyone.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2020 6:12PM
Busy street, an image full of interest and good content...
Bravo for such a good project with the needy. IsabelGrinGrinGrin
Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
23 Oct 2020 10:03PM
Just a late award for you Peter!

Arne Smile

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