Ravaged by neglect

DAY 3



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)

DAY 2



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

DAY 1



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)

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