West Philadelphia Structures

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This new set of visualizations revolves around a new set of data transcribed from more than 800 new files in the Krogman Study archive that chart the growth and development of participants who grew up lived in West Philadelphia. In addition to the physiological data, these pages chart the range of conditions of built homes and neighborhoods, and it reveals the social structures that organized domestic life in West Philadelphia. Taken together, this set of pages visualizes the complex sets of material and invisible relationships in which the childhood development of the Krogman Study participants were enmeshed. 

All demographic data is taken from the US Decennial Census.

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The Modern Laundry Site: From Toxicity to Health Care

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The Modern Laundry and Dry Cleaning was Philadelphia's largest commercial dry-cleaner and located at Market and 41st since the 1920s. The site was abandoned in 1991 leaving behind a number of underground tanks that contained fuel and chemical cleaning solutions. Note the nearby school, market and churches. Today, a chain drug store stands with a parking lot where the laundry itself stood. A restaurant is zoned for the empty lot across the street. (Philadelphia Business Journal, 4/21/97)