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

Aug 2, 2010

Liddonfield Housing Project a Test to Humanity

Liddonfield Housing Project

1950's - 2010

Built during an era of humanitarianism toward the poor.

Destroyed during an era of greed and apathy.

It stood as a reflection of ourselves, dividing neighbors by social class. It served to measure the compassion of our country, our city and our time. It was an example of a government’s good intentions gone wrong. A failure in social engineering, it isolated the inhabitants by nature of its design. It gave birth to a subculture of people who struggled, laughed, celebrated and mourned as one. Over time, they were stereotyped, maligned and demonized in a country that came to value wealth above all things. The strong among them learned to overcome, using the god-like power of the human spirit. Those without valor turned to violence in their desperation and outrage toward a society that worships money.

Liddonfield was left to decay by a government turning a blind eye to the most powerless of its citizens. Its decline filled good-hearted people with hatred and hopeful ones with despair. What began as a monument heralding the dawn of a humanitarian age became a tombstone in an apathetic one. As it crumbled brick by brick, Liddonfield signaled a warning that our hearts were turning cold and that was not without consequence. It showed the world what kind of people and nation we are. To deny its importance is to keep our society ignorant of its mistakes. Liddonfield's demolition due to the HOPE VI program must not dictate its disappearance from history.

1 comment:

  1. An old neighbor of mine lived there.

    Name was Daniel David McCarty, Sr. He was born in 1964 in Grays Ferry, died on September 5, 2007.


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