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    • Jenny Chen points out the dead side of her garden.

Wrong side of the tracks: Belmont residents concerned Amtrak sprayed herbicides into their backyards

It was mid-August when Jenny Chen and her fianceé Brian Jordan first noticed their backyard garden turning brown. Over the last two summers, the couple grew flowers, herbs, tomatoes, squashes, and…

    • Conceptual rendering of Drexel Square at JFK Boulevard

Community leaders hopeful as Brandywine and Penn Medicine commit to local and minority hiring for upcoming projects

Philadelphia’s leaders gathered Tuesday under the gilded trim of the Mayor’s reception room in City Hall to celebrate a job well done on work that’s yet to begin. Joined by city…

    • Cobbs Creek | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Record turnout to kick off West District Plan

Last Thursday, at West Philadelphia High School, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission commenced its second to last district planning process. The commission began crafting district plans for every corner of the…

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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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