Philly’s next mayor will inherit an unprecedented gun violence crisis. Here’s how it’s defining the race

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Crime has been a top political issue in Philadelphia for as long as anyone can remember, but few recall a time when it was quite this salient. Homicides climbed to all-time highs over the last two years, and thousands more people survived shootings. Carjackings and vehicle thefts have skyrocketed, and the Police Department has hundreds of vacancies. Residents of long-neglected neighborhoods report often feeling unsafe, and many say the city feels as if it’s at a crossroads. And nine Democrats are vying to run it. As the Philadelphia mayor’s race takes shape ahead of the May prim…

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