Over at It's Our City, Stephanie Marudas reports on one Philadelphia neighborhood where the battle against blight and vacancy could be severely hindered by proposed budget cutbacks:

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Library closings and Fire Department reorganizations have gotten most of the press and have spurred some to take action in court.  But as this article makes clear, programs like the CLC with smaller budgets and fewer powerful advocates to fight for them mean just as much to many transitioning neighborhoods as those more high profile services.

So we want to know what's happening in your part of the city.  Are you in an area that was formerly plagued by unkempt vacant lots but has since benefitted from these types of programs?  What are you hearing about the programs in your neighborhood?  Let us know in the comments section.