February 2, 2016 |
THE REV. Robert Levan Gravely II, a Mantua church pastor, died after suffering a heart attack Jan. 17, the day after his 61st birthday, a son said. Gravely had worked in management for Rite Aid before becoming pastor of the Jesus Christ Church of the Apostolic Faith. He lived in Yeadon, Delaware County. "He was an excellent father," his son Steven said, "dedicated, hardworking. He wanted the best for his family and he worked hard to provide the best for us. " Gravely had worked his way up to become a regional manager with Rite Aid, his family said.
September 1, 2016
A 31-year-old man died after crashing a dirt bike Tuesday night in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. He was riding westbound in the 3800 block of Parrish Street just before 8 p.m. when he lost control, police said. He crashed into a fence and was thrown from the dirt bike. The man, whose name was not released, was transported by medics to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:29 p.m. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
September 9, 2016
A 28-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with the shooting death of another man last week in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. Muhammad Johnson, of the 1600 block of Pratt Street in East Frankford, was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder and related offenses in the killing of 29-year-old Piere Burbage. On Aug. 31 shortly before 8:30 p.m., police responding to a reported shooting in the 600 block of North 39th Street found Burbage on a porch with multiple gunshot wounds.
September 4, 2014 |
Hoping to stabilize the dilapidated West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua, the city wants to entice police officers and firefighters to move into the struggling area - with cash to help buy homes and pay taxes on them. Officials think having police and firefighters living in Mantua and interacting as neighbors with residents would improve the quality of life in the area. But even with the cash incentives, the initial $200,000 program could be a hard sell. "It's a good idea," said Joe Schulle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22. "However, our guys are still going to be reluctant to move into transient neighborhoods if they have kids and families.
August 27, 2014 |
In neighborhoods such as Fishtown and Northern Liberties, arts and artists stimulated big growth and new vitality. In battered Mantua - the heart of a new federal Promise Zone - it can seem as if the arts departed with the people. Now, a team of Drexel University faculty and students is offering a plan to support a growing number of artists as a way to lift an area pulverized by crime, poverty, and unemployment. "It's not art for art's sake, it's art for the sake of the good of the neighborhood," said Andrew Zitcer, an assistant teaching professor at Drexel who studies urban policy.
August 17, 1995 |
Mayor Rendell was in a jovial mood yesterday as he stood beside a shimmering city pool that vandalism and neglect had closed seven years ago. And why not? The bathing-suit clad mayor was preparing to cut a ribbon and collect some political capital. The city has spent $300,000 to repair the pool and bathhouse at 39th and Olive in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia - a place better known lately as a killing field for battling drug gangs. Around him were several hundred children staring at the calm waters and wondering when the pols would stop talking.
June 23, 2015 |
TWO GUNMEN may have used the occasion of a barbecue in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia as an "element of surprise" for a retaliatory attack Saturday night in which 10 people were shot, police said yesterday. A baby and two children were among the victims when the gathering, attended by about 50 people at 41st Street near Ogden, was disrupted by gunfire. Two people remained hospitalized last night. At 9:51 p.m., authorities responded to reports of two men firing from a gold or silver four-door sedan, police said.
August 1, 1995 |
The patch of weeds grows thick at North 34th and Fairmount, clover and lace and flowers bursting like little sunsets. On a horizon of crumbling rowhouses and angry squares of dirt, it is the brightest thing around. This evening, at sundown, it offers no boundaries for the three children running in circles through the waist-high blossoms. "That's where they catch grasshoppers. " The voice is high yet confident and clear. A peanut-size child steps from a porch overlooking the field of untamed grass.
November 21, 2013 |
The Locust Moon Comics shop and art gallery at South 40th and Ludlow Streets is a welcoming environment, lined with couches and cast in bright lighting, topped with a tony, tin ceiling, and filled with everything comics geeks could desire, from Little Nemo tchotchkes and Dark Knight ephemera to a happy cat named Rooster. Locust Moon is just a dozen or so blocks from "The Bottom," the bombed-out 42d and Ogden Street area of illustrator/storyteller Rob Woods' childhood, where hard crime has run rampant for as long as anyone can remember.
April 9, 2003 |
Minnie Jackson remembers 30 years ago when all the houses on her Mantua block were filled with happy neighbors who hung flowers off their porches, swept the street, and held block parties. One by one, as the people aged and died, their homes died, too. Left abandoned by everyone but drug dealers and squatters, the houses began to deteriorate. The windows shattered, the roofs caved in, the floors collapsed, and this West Philadelphia neighborhood turned into a textbook example of urban blight.