Part 1: The staggering true costs of Philadelphia’s tax delinquency epidemic.
Part 2: Who’s to blame? The delinquents, and the neighborhoods they damage.
Part 3: Enabling deadbeats. The city’s failings, and some potential fixes.
Part 4: Best practices and some possible solutions
About this project: For this effort between the Philadelphia Inquirer, PlanPhilly and AxisPhilly, Patrick Kerkstra interviewed property owners, city officials and redevelopment experts and analyzed millions of property, delinquency, billing and code violation records. The reporting was complemented by an economic analysis of delinquency’s impact on property values by Kevin Gillen. The project was made possible through funding by the William Penn Foundation. Contributors include AxisPhilly's news application editor, Casey Thomas, PlanPhilly journalists Jared Brey and Ashley Hahn, researchers Evan Croen,…