West Philadelphia

Shining a light on the dangers of lead

Lead poisoning robs children of opportunity, and the impact is worse in underserved communities. Faculty and students at Penn are bringing scientific and policy attention to the problem, while empowering young people to minimize their risk and be leaders for change.

Katherine Unger Baillie

From coaching West Philly kids to the NBA

A student outreach project in West Philly and a timely internship helped launch Penn alum Taylor Jenkins’ NBA career as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Pennsylvania Gazette



In the News


Generocity

Stretch your charitable dollar with Penn’s 2019 High Impact Giving Guide

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released its annual giving guide. This year, the guide focused on three main areas: “Those recovering from substance abuse, hard-to-reach communities lacking basic healthcare, and students at various stages of life at risk of being left behind.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Truck traffic is clogging Center City streets. What’s Philly going to do about it?

The School of Design’s Erick Guerra discussed the issue of delivery trucks blocking major streets in Philadelphia. “One of the big first steps is closely analyzing and understanding the problem,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s quite been done yet.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Renter Beware: Philly’s Deadly Housing Problem

Robert Fairbanks of the School of Arts and Sciences explained how unmet demands for affordable housing contribute to the proliferation of unregulated, and often unsafe, rooming houses in Philadelphia.

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NextCity.org

Can Fighting Blight Prevent Gun Violence?

John MacDonald of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited for his research on the impact that cleaning vacant lots can have on reducing violence in urban environments.

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