A VIEW FROM THE INSIDE
Telling the stories
After many years of decline, the number of homicides and shootings in Philadelphia and some other cities is on the rise. Why is this happening? What is being done about it? How are children, families and communities touched by it? Through photos, stories and voices, The Inquirer is exploring the issue of violence and its repercussions.
VIOLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA, 2004-2005
As homicide rates in many large cities are dropping, the number in Philadelphia has increased 11 percent since 2004 - one of the sharpest jumps in the United States. The number: 380.
Homicides of people under 18 had dropped precipitously between 1994 and the end of 2002 - from 50 a year to 21. But the deaths spiked in 2003 - up to 30. An Inquirer analysis found that of 129 people under 18 killed since 2000, more than half were killed by guns.
VIOLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA
Here is the prepared text of Mayor Street's speech Thursday night on his administration's response to the wave of violence in the city. He made the remarks during a televised news conference.
2005 report from panel created by Gov. Rendell.