Philly wins battle against slumlord, but it cost the city millions

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Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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After years of fighting, Philadelphia recently won a legal battle with one of its most infamous slumlords. But it cost the city millions, and the tab is still running. Still, the city’s unique action of seizing 45 properties has been a relief to neighbors who see a path to ending blight and creating new affordable housing.

Guest: WHYY criminal justice reporter Aaron Moselle

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