Is Crime-Plagued Lawncrest Set For A Comeback?

 

Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for the Daily News

Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for the Daily News

  • The Daily News looks at the devolving quality of life that many in Lawncrest say has accompanied a rise of violence of late within their Lower Northeast neighborhood. “To talk with longtime area residents is to hear about a veritable turf war between newcomers bringing problems with them from elsewhere in the city, and a growing core of individuals who are fighting hard to restore Lawncrest to its former glory. ‘Crime stems from the fact that the area is changing: Lawncrest is an area where we have an increasing overall population, a population that’s been there for years, and, in some cases, we have a lot of renters who don’t have a stake in neighborhood, who didn’t grow up there,’ said Capt. Frank Palumbo, who commands the 2nd Police District, which covers Lawncrest and nearby Oxford Circle.” The piece shows that, for all the overbearing cynicism, there’s still the necessary mix of resilience and nostalgia for blue-collar stability here.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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