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    • Conceputual rendering of Drexel Square at Schuylkill Yards

Planning Commission hears community concerns, supports rezoning for first phase of Schuylkill Yards

Jerry Sweeney breezed through a presentation he’s given dozens of times before: Brandywine Realty Trust’s vision for a new 14-acre, $3.5 billion “innovation district” just west of 30th Street Station: Schuylkill…

    •  Christ Methodist Episcopal Church / Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist | Amy Lambert

Handful of West Philly properties designated historic, including wee district

Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission opened with the latest twist in the ongoing St. Laurentius saga, but otherwise the meeting proceeded in a fairly breezy fashion. Which is not…

    • Melon Street, Mantua | Ashley Hahn

Mantua residents want to rezone their neighborhood. Does their Councilwoman?

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church sits at the intersection of Haverford Avenue and 36th Street in West Philadelphia’s Mantua section. On June 2, over 75 people packed into the community room, with…

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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

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