How Drexel’s public school experiment could change West Philadelphia
Drexel University is building a public school on its campus border, much like the University of Pennsylvania did two decades ago. Will that accelerate gentrification?Listen 13:28
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Drexel University’s plan to build a new public school building on the edge of its campus is giving some West Philadelphia residents Déjà vu. Almost 20 years ago, nearby University of Pennsylvania also created a public school, Penn Alexander, that transformed the surrounding neighborhood in the process. WHYY education reporter Avi Wolfman-Arent explains why universities create public schools and what that can mean for local communities.
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