Artist James Dupree has won the fight of his life.
Since late 2012, he's been fighting to keep his studio and 9,000-square-foot property at 3617 Haverford St. — which is colorfully painted on the façade and chock full of artwork inside. Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority had envisioned a supermarket complex and parking lot in its place — and earmarked it and dozens of other buildings for demolition through a city condemnation order under the power of eminent domain.
But Brian Abernathy, executive director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority said the organization has elected not to pursue the condemnation process further.
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