As Philly’s violent crime drops, mapping the neighborhoods where it doesn’t


A police cruiser pulls onto Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)


From Newsworks:

For a long time, the Philadelphia Police Department rarely had good news to share.

That’s changed.

From 2012 to 2013, the number of homicides in the city dropped by 25 percent, and violent crime also fell across the board.

In the first three months this year, the positive trend mostly continued. While the number of homicides increased compared with the same period in 2013, from 55 to 62 slayings, violent crime as a whole plummeted 11 percent.

Upon closer inspection, though, the story is more nuanced than the one that has been told at news conferences.

Some city neighborhoods have seen crime fall dramatically, while others have actually seen it go up.

Read the rest of the story at Newsworks.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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