Hidden treasure in abandoned buildings: Changing Philly's demolition game
Greg Trainor used to take the bus to work, two sawhorses under his arms and a hiking pack strapped tight to his back, loaded up with sledgehammers, crowbars, hammers, and shovels. People looked at him like he was crazy. Two years later, the founder of the Philadelphia Community Corps drives a pickup truck to the demolition site. He has three staff members and job training partnerships with Mural Arts, YouthBuild, and PowerCorps. The job training nonprofit he started in 2014 has graduated 18 students into OSHA-certified deconstruction technicians in the past year. He’s opened a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Kensington with classrooms and space for construction projects.
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