January 14, 2014 |
It's a part of West Philadelphia known mostly for hardship and hard tries. The infamous Lex Street massacre occurred there, when gunmen lined up 10 people in the dining room of a crack house and opened fire, killing seven in 2000. It also was the home turf of the late, fearless antidrug activist Herman Wrice, whom President George H.W. Bush called "the John Wayne of Philadelphia. " Now, government officials and community activists say this stricken stretch of the city has a chance to become known for something else: revival.
January 28, 2014 |
James Dupree says city officials are trying to pave paradise and put up a supermarket. Dupree, a renowned Philadelphia artist, is embroiled in a bitter back-and-forth with the city over the fate of his art studio, an 8,600-square-foot building that takes up nearly a block along Haverford Avenue in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. The property was seized in December 2012 by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. The authority condemned a two-block stretch through eminent domain, a legal process that allows government to take private property, pay the owner, and develop the land for public use. When the authority seized the Mantua property, it said the surrounding neighborhood was in desperate need of a supermarket.
February 9, 2014 |
The federal government says a new designation as a "Promise Zone" holds the possibility of transforming a big, ailing chunk of West Philadelphia. Robert Morris Skaler can remember when the area didn't need a zone to have promise. He was born there, grew up there, and forever after remained interested in the place and its potential. As a boy, he lived on the boundary of Mantua and Belmont, an area that in the 1940s held not just a healthy middle-class population but something that to him was more intriguing: a stock of big Victorian and Italianate houses, the envy of any in Philadelphia.
July 7, 1994 |
The Mantua Community Center is one of many that receives weekly visits from the Reading Terminal Farmers Market Trust, organized to sell fresh produce in various parts of the city. Mantua resident Herb Prince (center) helps Dorothy Baldwin pick out a melon. John Vrazo (left), represents the Trust.
July 15, 2013 |
A fossil-rich Gloucester County sandpit that has long provided a window into the past may also hold a view of the future. The Inversand Co., the Township of Mantua, and Drexel University are working on a preliminary proposal to transform the 65-acre site near Route 55 into an educational attraction. While no costs have been estimated or drawings made, the concept calls for creating a "world-class fossil park" where children and adults could enjoy hands-on experience of paleontology.
November 18, 1986 |
"A FUN PROTESTER" is what Kathy Chang, 36, of West Philadelphia, calls herself. The Mantua resident brought her almost-daily routine of song, dance, exercise and social awareness to Logan Square yesterday as she waved colorful flags with the messages "Peace, Liberty, Ecology, Democracy and Justice" and "Stop War, Pollution and Business as Usual. "
July 12, 1994 |
Lester E. Rambo, 63, longtime member and former president of the Clearview Regional Board of Education, died Friday at his home in Mantua. Born in Sewell, Mr. Rambo lived in Mantua for the last 42 years. He worked 21 years as an officer for the New Jersey Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles until retiring in 1978. He joined the Clearview Regional Board of Education in 1972. He was elected board president in 1980 and served as president for seven consecutive years until illness forced him to step down.
August 30, 1991 |
The shade of an old tree isn't nearly enough to provide relief from the scorching heat, as Robert Griffin (left), McKinley Robinson (wiping his brow) and Joe Purdie found yesterday at their favorite hangout, 36th Street and Haverford Avenue in Mantua. Today will be another blistering one, but by Monday, you'll really have to labor to find better weather than what's in store for the holiday. Accu-Weather forecast on Page 69.
June 23, 2014 |
John Williams has never held back. Not in his work ethic, in his intellectual curiosity and above all, in his opinions. "I run off at the mouth, and I have a very bad habit," he says. "I tell the truth. " It has been exactly 50 years since Williams, one of the state's first African American board-certified orthopedic surgeons, saw his first patient at Einstein Medical Center. He has witnessed medical technology advance beyond his imagination, surgical techniques honed to near perfection, and postoperative recovery become quicker and less painful.