Stories about life in Liddonfield housing project and its impact on the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Upper Holmesburg. These true stories reveal how government policy affected the lives of real people, from the project residents to area homeowners during the 5 decades of Liddonfield’s existence. Stories and articles are written by a former resident of the project.


Rosemary Reeves, Blogger, standing on Philadelphia Skyline

Jun 19, 2010

R.I.P. Liddonfield Project

Liddonfield Housing Project in northeast Philadelphia was originally a military compound built during WWII that was converted into public housing. Though there is no definite date, Liddonfield will be demolished under the HOPE VI program and turned into a privatized mixed-income neighborhood.

R.I.P Liddonfield Project on Facebook was founded in April 2010 in response to this planned demolition and boasts over 500 members. Some are recently displaced former residents. Some left the project years ago but want to connect with others who know what it was like to have lived there. Check out this group at R.I.P. Liddonfield Project.


  1. i lived in liddonfield from 1959-1974. iremember all the good familys. we had great time. slept with our doors open.go in each other house, share thimgs. i was happy there, we walked to st. dominic ourselves. christmas parties in the office. good times , then about 1980 thimgs changed, glad my mother got out then, any of the people from1960 -1975 around? babs

  2. i lived in liddonfield from1959-1974.we had great times with everyone who lived there.they were good times, only to black families lived there then. everyone was friendly,we sleot with our doos open.great christmas partys at the office. we would walk to school,st. dominic's.had lots of good times,good people back then.we were never allow to have dogs or cats. we had to paid our rent on time,everything was clean. bell's hoagies,the cornor deil on tolbut st. good memories. were are all the 1960-1980 people? babs

  3. I lived at liddonfield from 1985 to 1995 but my family stayed there until 2000.We were one of 5 black families that lived there then so we all stuck together because it made it easy to fend off the racial predujuce we constantly endured almost daily from others in the community and people who just passed by. I lived at 4609-D megargee street right on the front row where Acme ,K-mart and Fayva shoe store was there then.Mostly we felt secure and happy as I was number 5 of six children.Most of my immediate neighbors by me were friendly as I spent countless days playing football and baseball in the field next to my house and going to torresdale park in the summers swimming and catching frogs down Pennypack Creek.I seen the place go from good to bad during the late 80s and early 90s as more and more people moved there of all races from different projects throughout the city bringing there old habits up the the northeast.Drugs and crime were destroying the neighborhood then but there were always some good pockets of decent people there throughout.I am glad I lived there and sad to see it go.Being there from the time I was allowed me to be introduced to people from all walks of life which helped me become the person I am today. I took the good I learned and left. R.I.P. Liddonfield Homes

  4. Liddonfield was not meant to be nor NEVER a military compound. It was built in the early 1950s. The last units (at Megargee Street and Torresdale Avenue) were completed in 1955. My family moved in at 4607-B in August of that year. The military connection is that these homes were for honorably discharged WWII and Korean veterans who had diifuculty acclimating back to civilian life and securing employment. They were meant to be temporary however many familys stayed for over 30 years.

    1. See the article Liddonfield Housing Project’s Military Connection on this blog for a detailed response to your comment.


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