52nd street has, for generations, been the heart of West Philadelphia. Though once a bustling retail shopping destination, a displaced middle class has resulted in a steady decrease in business operations and an increase in drugs and crime. The street is currently in a state of city-driven revitalization.

I asked each person I photographed to tell me what they think they contribute to their community. From "peace and love" to "generosity, empathy, and compassion," the answers I received demonstrate what will be lost physically, spiritually, and culturally due to gentrification efforts. 

Selections from this project are currently  on display as a part of the "A Photographic Survey of Philadelphia" exhibition, showing at 990 Spring Garden Street until July 31, 2018.