Philadelphia violent-crime rate on decline

City saw 10 percent across-the-board drop in violent crime in 2009


By David Gambacorta
The Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA — There was a time - say, three years ago - when Philadelphia was "Killadelphia," and many people seemed to think the city was about as safe a place to walk around as a lion's den at feeding time.

While acknowledging that the city is still far from a utopia, Mayor Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and other officials joined yesterday to laud a 10 percent across-the-board drop in violent crime in 2009.

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