City Facilities Crumbling In Philadelphia

<p>Philadelphia's city facilities are in disrepair, and a recently released report outlines the city prisons, buildings, and ventilation systems that would require millions of city dollars to repair -- money that the city doesn't have.</p>
November 2, 2007, 12pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"If it seems like the city of Philadelphia is falling apart, it might be because it is, at least physically."

"City prisons, police buildings, and dozens of other Philadelphia-owned facilities are not in danger of collapsing today, but may face troubles a year from now because they need significant repairs that are not currently funded, according to a new report."

"In the worst shape of all are the temporary and permanent prison facilities, which accommodate far more inmates than they were built for years ago, and are short $24 million in needed capital repairs over the next five years."

"Also, of all the buildings surveyed, 13 are in such poor condition that the report recommended they be replaced or undergo major renovations."

"All in all, there is an $850 million gap between what the City Planning Commission recommended the city start spending seven years ago and the dollars the city actually spent."

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Published on Thursday, November 1, 2007 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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