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With all eyes on Philly, it’s time to look at the city’s violent police department. A week before people crowded the streets to celebrate Philadelphia delivering the state to Joe Biden, Walter Wallace Jr. was shot and killed by the city’s police. “The path to Wallace’s death is paved with decades of violence, million-dollar settlements, lawsuits, no police accountability, and reforms that have only provided more power to the city’s cops,” writes Char Adams, outlining the city’s long history of police violence for Momentum.

Taxpayers have paid for millions in damages in recent decades alone for everything from Philly police…


Photos: Hannah Yoon

Documenting the shutdown on Germantown Avenue, which crosses three zip codes with deep economic divides

Philadelphia has long been considered one of the poorest big cities in America. As of March 6—before the coronavirus pandemic sent unemployment numbers skyrocketing—more than 7% of its residents were unemployed. Now, that number has swollen as more than 2 million residents lost their jobs in the wake of the crisis. Neighborhoods that were already struggling with deep poverty and institutional neglect have suffered badly, while in wealthier areas homeowners and business owners are anxious about the future but have had less difficulty in weathering the storm. …

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