The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

I like this mural with Malcolm X.   I guess the city takes the initiative to donate money to the Mural Arts Program so that they can paint nice pictures on the side of the abandoned building, but they won’t pay to fix the abandoned buildings up.  I don’t understand that, but, hey, it makes the city look a little nicer.

Licenses and Inspections

Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections administers and enforces the City’s regulations related to property maintenance, business licenses, and zoning codes.  The department is empowered to take lawful action to correct dangerous conditions, including making necessary emergency repairs to properties, cleaning and sealing abandoned buildings, and demolishing vacant buildings that pose a threat to public safety.

Current Issue

The Department of Licenses and Inspections continues to experience reduced capacity due to a series of City budget cuts.  Community members often find that complaints to the Department go unanswered.   


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