Mar 26, 2012
Liddonfield Housing Project's Military Connection
Featured Comment of the Week of April 2, 2012
Reader Comment: 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 difficulty acclimating back to civilian life and securing employment. They were meant to be temporary however many families stayed for over 30 years.
Response from Blogger: You’re right. When the R.I.P. Liddonfield Project story you commented on was posted nearly a year ago, the information was based on newspaper articles stating that Liddonfield was originally a military compound. Since then, research by Fred Moore of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network (NEPHN) revealed aerial photographs confirming the land was undeveloped prior to the housing project being constructed.
If you are a military veteran, I urge you to have your name included in the list of Liddonfield honorees as there will be a Liddonfield display at the next NEPHN history fair. Also, a historic marker has been proposed for the former public housing site. That proposal is being considered pending a 160 day review process. As interest in the history of Liddonfield grows, military veterans from the public housing development may have their names honored through literature, public recognition and the historical record.
*If you are or know of a former resident of Liddonfield Homes public housing development who has served in the military and would like to be on the list of Liddonfield honorees, please contact Rosemary Reeves at email@example.com.
Posted by Rosemary Reeves