Ravaged by neglect


The city’s lax collection of property taxes and low rate of foreclosures result in dilapidated properties like this rowhouse at 239 N. Paxon St. in West Philadelphia. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)


This boarded-up rowhouse with a chair on its front stoop at 3831 Cambridge St. in West Philadelphia is owned by Antoine Gardiner. He and his property management company, Bizness As Usual, owe $471,000 in back taxes on 58 properties, public records show. DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer


Block captain Luisa Bearg points out the long-abandoned, dilapidated rowhouse at 4424 N. Orianna St., that has depressed property values in the Feltonville neighborhood. The property owes the city $5,780 for six years of taxes. DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer.
Urban economist Kevin Gillen explains his analysis of how property tax delinquency hurts property values in Philadelphia. View video | Read more (.pdf)