After Philly police standoff, an uncommon fix for a sadly common problem

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One of the 14 bullet holes that damaged the Foreman home is in the second floor bedroom. (Layla A. Jones / Billy Penn)

One of the 14 bullet holes that damaged the Foreman home is in the second floor bedroom. (Layla A. Jones / Billy Penn)

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Almost three months after the nearly eight-hour police standoff in North Philly, which saw six officers shot, but no one killed, the city took the unprecedented step to repair homes on the block that were damaged by bullets — for free. Layla A. Jones, reporter for WHYY’s Billy Penn, explains why Philadelphia went to such lengths to patch things up in a city wracked by gun violence.

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