West Philly Artist Won't Lose Studio as City Drops Eminent Domain Proposal for Supermarket

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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