Anti-gentrification vandals target buildings, cars in Philly

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Vandals targeted new buildings and high-end vehicles in a developing part of North Philadelphia Monday night in an apparent attempt to protest what they see as gentrification in the area.


The vandals spray-painted graffiti on buildings and smashed car and building windows near Second and Jefferson Streets, a section of the city near the rapidly evolving Kensington and Northern Liberties neighborhoods.

They left behind a banner that read: “Gentrification is death, revolt is life,” property manager Amberlynn Kabana told NBC Philadelphia.


“Their message was pretty clear,” Kabana said.

She told reporters that a group of 40 to 50 people was responsible for vandalizing the structures and vehicles. They targeted only high-end cars on the blocks, she said.

Two people were seen being taken into custody at the scene. Further details about any charges weren’t immediately available.

Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that police found spray paint, gas masks and objects used to break windows left behind.

The vandalism came hours after a suspicious fire broke out at a townhouse construction project in Point Breeze, another section of the city often described as gentrifying.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze at an Ori Feibush project under construction at 20th and Wharton Streets.















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