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    • Jesus Sierra, courtesy of APM

How APM turned growing pains into gains

It is hard to imagine what Eastern North Philadelphia would look like today without Jesus Sierra, the city worker who in 1970 founded Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and built it into…

    • Mural at N. 6th St. (photo by Neal Santos)

The rewards of redevelopment: stabilization and safety

A five-minute tour of Eastern North Philadelphia is enough to convince most anyone that the neighborhood is on the rebound: the abundance of newly built homes and cleaned and greened lots…

    • An overhead view of the APM area, specifically focused on the corner of 8th and Berks where APM's Pradera developments stand.

Special Report: A surprising mix of bricks, mortar and imagination

On a six-block stretch of Berks Street just east of Temple University, the past, present and future of low-income architecture and urban planning is on display. It is a mixed picture.…

    • Special Report: APM set its own rules

Special Report: APM set its own rules

In a city like Philadelphia, where big deals still get hammered out in back rooms and close ties to politicians are a basic part of doing business, even the well intentioned…

    • Customers smile while waiting in line at the deli at Cousin's supermarket

Special Report: A new face on race relations

In the 1970s the city of Philadelphia was less a melting pot than a cauldron: a combustible mix of ethnic and racial tension, economic collapse and an aggressive police force that…

    • A wider view of the lot at 6th and Diamond.

Special Report: Vacant land, focused plans

In the 1990s, the best that could be said of Eastern North Philadelphia was that there was almost nothing there. Acres of vacant land stretched in all directions, the empty expanse…

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