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  • Sounding the Horn: A Crossfire Discussion on Gentrification

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    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    PECO Energy Hall

    On Thursday, April 24, 6-9pm, at PECO’s Energy Hall (2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA), join the Emerging Leaders of People’s Emergency Center for Sounding the Horn: A Crossfire Discussion on Gentrification!


    6 speakers. 3 rounds. As we cover everything from the history of gentrification and its effect on identity formation, to tacking whether gentrification is a necessary step in urban revitalization, who will win the debate? The audience will get to choose.


    Moderator: Brian Howard, News Editor at Philadelphia Magazine



    Michael Cooper, VP of Development at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

    Maya Francis, freelance writer on Gentrification topics

    Penelope Giles, Executive Director of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation

    Gilberto Gonzalez, author and noted designer

    John Chin, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

    Otis Bullock, Executive Director of Diversified Community Services


    Presented by the Emerging Leaders of People’s Emergency Center, this rapid fire discussion will be followed by a cocktail hour and networking reception. All proceeds from the event will go to support The People’s Emergency Center and its programs.


    Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Join the Emerging Leaders of this dynamic conversation!


    The People’s Emergency Center’s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and drive change in West Philadelphia. Through a community of more than 240 housing units and five educational centers offering job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, lifeskills and technology coursework, PEC seeks to change the life trajectory for the women and children who seek its services and inspire them to aspire to new heights. To learn more, visit

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