The Trace’s Philadelphia bureau is part of our local journalism initiative, which seeks to cover gun violence at the community level with the full participation of those most affected by the crisis. We are doing that through a mix of stories and engagement journalism. Here, you’ll find coverage from Mensah M. Dean, a veteran Philly reporter who was recently a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and engagement reporter Afea Tucker, a native Philadelphian and longtime contributor to The Philadelphia Tribune.
Philly’s Highest-Crime Neighborhoods Are Seeing a Significant Decline in Gun Violence
For the first time in three years, the city is poised to end 2023 with fewer than 500 fatalities — but the gunshots, sirens, and recurring cycles of mourning persist.