Auto repair shop near me for rent: Southwest Philly battles life in an auto zone

The Southwest Philadelphia home, which shares a fence with two auto repair shops, is where she grew up. The house was her grandmother’s and the family lived there for years before the auto shops moved in, bringing stacks of old vehicles and nasty fumes. She’s moved out at various points during her adult life, worried about her family’s safety — toxic chemicals, oils, a fire. But precarious finances keeps bringing her back to the one place where the family doesn’t have to pay rent. Despite her fears, she’s now raising her two sons there.

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