Creating Community Again and Again

A bit removed from the “Baltimore Avenue strip,” this house on 47th and Parrish was founded in 2005 by a group of friends whose rented house in center of West Philly burned down.  They bought the house together with the intention of establishing a collective, the “West Philadelphia Housing Collective.”  Things have changed since then.

Like many houses of young folks, the people change rapidly, the space transforms slowly and the house has planted its own kinds of roots over the past seven years. Throughout its many ups and downs, the presence of neighborhood kids has remained.

Photos by Jenna Spitz


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Since speaking with the house in May of 2012, almost every member of the house has moved out–many live close by in other collective houses. Such is the nature of collective housing with young people in transition and old houses constantly under threat of disrepair.



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