Jake Blumgart

Jake Blumgart

Jake Blumgart is the development, planning, and housing reporter with WHYY's PlanPhilly.

Should We Retire the Word 'Slum'?

In a new book, an urban historian argues that the term distorts the policies meant to help poor neighborhoods.

The Building Code Profession Is Dying Out, and That's a Problem

Many of the officials who check construction plans and inspect buildings for safety are on the cusp of retirement—and they’re not being replaced.

What If You Could Take the Safety Net With You?

A sharp critic of the gig economy says a “portable safety net” would help today’s untethered workers.

The Pain of the Permalancer

No security, no employer benefits, always having to hustle: these downsides of self-employment are well known. But what about the workload?

The Unseen Philadelphia

The city’s outlying working and middle-class neighborhoods are beginning to look increasingly unstable.

Navigating Philadelphia's Antiquated Mass Transit System: A Delegate's Guide

Good luck figuring out the bus schedules, using the concourses, and holding on to your tokens.

What Will Become of Levittown, Pennsylvania?

The archetypal postwar suburb has less socioeconomic diversity—and hardly more racial diversity—than it did in the 1950s.

The Bad Economics of Balkanized Suburbs

In Pennsylvania’s Delaware County, a patchwork of municipalities can easily find themselves with little room to maneuver.