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

Oct 24, 2011

Japanese Interested in Phila's Liddonfield Housing Project

by Rosemary Reeves

The legacy behind Liddonfield Housing Project has gone international.  Apparently, Japan has taken an interest in the demolished housing project's former tenants.  A Japanese website has featured a number of videos by Len Knee (L.A. Ives), a former Liddonfield resident.   So, what does it all mean? Perhaps Japan is beginning to look at public housing as a means to shelter those made homeless by the earthquakes and tsunamis that have decimated its urban areas. 

Liddonfield has become an icon to its former tenants, who continue to post videos of their time spent there on the internet despite its demolition.  Contrary to depictions by the mainstream media which sensationalizes crime in housing projects, videos by former tenants portray an opposite picture.  Len Knee's videos are a case in point.  One of the organizers behind the recent Liddonfield Reunion, his videos contain dozens of photos contributed by the tenants themselves of birthday parties, barbecues, children frolicking and all manner of good times had in the project.  The smiling, happy American public housing tenants portray a positive image to the Japanese populace, who may need a little coaxing to accept the idea of housing projects for the poor.

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