Parents in Fishtown and Kensington are calling and emailing local lawmakers, brainstorming at crammed community meetings, and grilling developers and construction crews. They want to make sure their children are protected and they’re demanding help from public officials in the wake of a recent Inquirer and Daily News investigative report about dangerous levels of lead in soil in their neighborhoods.
Her Kensington neighborhood is full of charm. Swank cafes with rustic wood and vintage lighting. Stoops and decks with skyline views. Young parents who bond at parks while their children play. Jana Curtis, a mother of three, finds excitement in this urban renaissance. But with it comes a sad reality. Her daughter was poisoned by lead. The culprit wasn’t paint. Or tap water. But soil — in her own backyard. “The yard was poisoning my daughter,” Curtis said.
Philadelphia landlords with rentals older than 1978 will have to prove these properties are safe from lead, if Mayor Kenney and other city officials get their way. The current law, passed in 2012, requires landlords to certify their rentals as lead-safe only if residents are pregnant women or children six and younger. But landlords largely have ignored the law and the city has failed to hold them to account, a Inquirer and Daily News investigation found last October in its “Toxic City” series.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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