Our neighborhood is beautiful but our average incomes are low. Many struggle to maintain their older homes, and rents are soaring. Developers are snapping up beautiful homes at low prices, like the historic Pearson house, 19th century home of a famous painter. Not content to "flip" or subdivide this lovely place, they want to tear it down for cheaply built, overpriced rental housing, treating this majority African American neighborhood as if we were people who don't care about or deserve beauty. To add insult to injury, this house is being demolished so the developer can take advantage of a tax abatement rule that favors new buildings and defunds our public schools. We are organizing to defend our homes and our neighbors from the speculators. The Philadelphia Historic Commission has failed to protect the Pearson house, and are "undesignating" this and other well-built, well-preserved buildings that a developer wants to destroy. We need a petition to city government: the Mayor, City Council members, Licensing and Inspection, and the Historic Commission, to demonstrate how much people do care and to empower all of us to defend our neighborhood.