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    • Rendering of 30th Street Station

From lowly rail yards to high-end real estate: Dreaming of a transformed 30th Street Station District

The 30th Street Station District planning team held an open house at their namesake station yesterday, showing off a series of design elements organized into three diagrams in the hopes of…

    • Three proposed

30th Street Station District Plan to reveal 3 bold diagrams for capping rail yards; seeks public feedback

On Wednesday, the 17-member organization team led by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA that is developing a comprehensive plan for the 30th Street Station District will unveil…

    • JanesWalk 2015

May 1-3: Join us for Jane's Walk

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)…

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ABOUT MANTUA

Mantua is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. This neighborhood extends from Spring Garden Street to Mantua Avenue and from 40th Street to 31st Street. The land that makes up this neighborhood was originally owned by Judge Richard Peters, who in 1809 created a plan to develop the area. Peters decided to call the area Mantua, after the city in Italy that Virgil called home. Development in the area was very gradual up until roughly the mid 19th century, when it  had expanded enough to be dubbed “a beautiful little village” in a contemporary publication. Towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, many of the famous Philadelphian brownstone row houses were built in this area. But as the 20th century wore on, the fortunes of West Philadelphia declined as a whole. Mantua particularly suffered from this decline, losing much of its former prosperity. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has called Mantua “West Philadelphia’s area of greatest need” and has described the neighborhood as a “large blighted area containing many hundreds of vacant lots.” Unfortunately, the area became infamous for drug-related crime, murders, and gang violence. Today, however, the crime appears to be declining. Many residents are now hopeful for a brighter and safer future.

RESOURCES

Mantua Cares

University City Historical Society on Mantua

Wikipedia on Mantua

UPCOMING EVENTS IN MANTUA

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