Grapple Episode 11: Millbourne, Getting Back On Track

Nov 16, 2016


Jacquelyn Jackson-Douglas owns Mark Anthony’s Revealations beauty salon. She says the business gets a lot of walk-in customers.
Credit Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

On this episode of Grapple, we head to a tiny inner-ring suburb outside of Philadelphia called Millbourne. It’s home to around 1,200 people. You’ll hear about how the closure of a Sears store in 1988 rocked this borough. Today, nearly three decades later, officials are grappling with what to do about the old Sears lot that’s still vacant. At the same time, immigrants primarily from Southeast Asia have increasingly moved into Millbourne over the years because of its affordable housing and convenient public transportation.

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