I drive by Queen’s Row, an apartment complex on the border between Germantown and East Falls, almost every day. I always wondered why it was such a mess. Now I know.
Kristen Mosbrucker, one of my former students at Temple, dug into the records to find a bunch of financial shenanigans and deals about why the apartment house has been vacant for years. A combination of government loans, unpaid bills and liens have the complex tied up in knots–so much so that a private developer who wants to buy the place apparently cannot get it off the government dole. The taxpayers’ bill so far is more than $2 million.
Read the story, which is all too typical of Philadelphia, at http://bit.ly/gtDFzS Nice work, Kristen!