Illegal construction causes Increase in Philly building collapses – WHYY

Jim Hopp didn’t know it would be his last time seeing his childhood home whole when he pulled up to pick up the mail a month ago.
The Fishtown house was where he grew up and still celebrated most holidays, with his children and grandchildren. Easter, his mom’s favorite, was a ritual there.
But the instant he pulled up to the Tulip Street address on that March day, he knew something was wrong. He saw construction workers fleeing the house next door, purchased last year by a limited liability company.
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