A couple of weeks ago, 2327 Ellsworth St., an occupied home in Point Breeze, collapsed. Remarkably and thankfully, no one was injured, even though a few people were inside when this occurred.

Image from Philadelphia Speaks

Within a few days, the remnants of the home were torn down by the City and according to several news reports from the day of the collapse, the owners of the property will be responsible for the demolition costs. The property owners, in a couple of interviews, seemed to believe that the home’s structural integrity was undermined by the home next door, which was recently constructed. We spoke with a couple of builders who all indicated that the fact that the home collapsed on the western side, opposite the new construction, means that (more…)