Residents speak out against proposed stadium at Temple, city-wide gentrification

Mike Dougherty
October 30, 2018 - 10:12 pm

Mike Dougherty | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Residents from several neighborhoods in Philadelphia came together Tuesday night to speak out against the proposed stadium on Temple University campus. There were also calls to slow down city-wide gentrification and to stop sheriff's sales.

For years, low-income residents say they have been getting priced out of their own homes in neighborhoods throughout the city. Dozens gathered at the  George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science in North Philadelphia during a meeitng to discuss the need for oversight.

"We want to have a moratorium on the sales of all these properties until there's an investigation," said Atiba Kwesi, president of the West Philly Voting Block.

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Kwesi says thousands of homes are at risk of foreclosure in January because of bad tax assessments.

"What is the formula that assessors use? We have received no answer. City Council told us they don't know," he said.

He feels the assessments, in many cases, do not match the market value, and is asking the sheriff to put a two-month hold on auctions until this gets sorted out.

"The city says they're willing to talk, but we need to stop the bleeding," said Kwesi.

Kwesi says it's time for City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney to figure out a solution that keeps residents in their homes.