Philly’s indie building inspectors

Listen 15:55
Sara Gallo stands between her home and the new construction next door on November 5, 2019. Due to the demolition and rebuilding of the twin house adjoining hers, her home now suffers structural issues, settling, and leaking. (Rachel Wisniewski for WHYY)

Sara Gallo stands between her home and the new construction next door on November 5, 2019. Due to the demolition and rebuilding of the twin house adjoining hers, her home now suffers structural issues, settling, and leaking. (Rachel Wisniewski for WHYY)

Listen to The Why wherever you get your podcasts:
Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn


Philadelphia is in the middle of an unprecedented construction boom. With the cranes and backhoes have come accidents, including a few botched demolitions that resulted in adjacent houses collapsing.  In Fishtown, neighbors are organizing with hopes of preventing “construction destruction.” Why does the city need their help? PlanPhilly’s Meir Rinde explains.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.