The city of Philadelphia last year was estimated to have more than 30,000 abandoned homes and vacant lots. Now, local officials say the city's long struggle with blight is improving.
Recent efforts to encourage development appear to have catalyzed home and apartment construction, attracting young, new residents.
While they may bring in more revenue to previously neglected parts of the city, they are also changing the makeup of those neighborhoods.
Arthur Green and Diane Monroe are longtime residents of Poplar, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia. Along with Anne Fadullon, of the Planning and Development Cabinet for the City of Philadelphia, they speak with Here & Now's Robin Young about how things have changed in the neighborhood.
Arthur Green, resident of Poplar in North Philadelphia and leader of the city's 14th Ward.
Diane Monroe, resident of Poplar in North Philadelphia and a member of the city's 14th Ward.
This segment aired on July 28, 2016.