As Philly’s economy and public health revive, gun violence looms as residents’ chief worry, Pew report finds

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s post-pandemic revival continues, as the economy improves and jobs return two years after COVID-19 hit the city. But city residents say those gains are shadowed by violence, with a record high number of murders and widespread shootings in 2021, according to the annual “State of the City” report published Thursday by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Philadelphia is on trend with other large American cities: Its economy shows signs of life, but also an increase in major crimes such as retail robberies, home break-ins, and auto-thefts, as well as increased violent crimes su…

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