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.
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.
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.
September 20, 1999 |
Tucked in the woods off Tyler Mill Road is a quiet blue warehouse. Quiet, that is, until the third Saturday of each month. Then, at 7:30 p.m, the walls buzz with the bass of heavy metal bands, and a crowd of as many as 400 people begins to roar at the spectacular mainstage production. Take last month's performance, one that still has people talking: A man hurled himself from a skylight to bodyslam his opponent, who lay, covered with thumbtacks, on a stack of flaming cafeteria tables.
April 23, 1995 |
Police kept watch as Walter Williams made his second trip in two weeks to a funeral at Christ Community Baptist Church. Only this time, the funeral was his. Waves of grief rolled over the small, West Philadelphia church as relatives and friends mourned the 17-year-old father of two, who was gunned down in a blizzard of gunfire on April 15. The ambush by four masked men greeted Williams as he was returning to his Mantua neighborhood from...
June 13, 2015 |
Some Gloucester County residents have been receiving election-mail blasts from the past. Days after polls closed for the state's primary election, some county residents only this week received sample ballots for the June 2 election. Officials say an apparent mailing problem is to blame. As of Thursday, some residents still had not received sample ballots - including county Election Superintendent Stephanie Salvatore. "As angry as these voters are, none of these voters are as angry as I am," said Salvatore, of Mantua.
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.
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.
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.