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Oct 21, 2012

Liddonfield Project History Debuts at Pennypack Creek Bridge Historic Marker Ce...

Public housing history came to the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Holmesburg as folks viewed an exhibit which featured Liddonfield Homes Public Housing Development (the early years - 1950s to 60's) at the Pennypack Creek Historical Marker Celebration on October 13, 2012.  More about the celebration will be posted later this week as well as people's reaction to the History of the Liddonfield Name in Northeast Philadelphia Exhibit.

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  1. Unfortunately, there was one dark and hidden aspect to the Pennypack Creek Historic Marker Ceremony. As many people may already know, there are a substantial number of people who are homeless that live in Pennypack Park. A sizeable percentage of these individuals live, sleep, and hang out at the precise location where the bridge ceremony and activities were held. But mysteriously, all of these people were nowhere to be seen... You see, in the weeks leading up to the event, the Philadelphia Police Department made sure that none of these citizens were anywhere to be seen. It seems that these American Citizens, who have been left to their own devices for several years (coinciding with the beginning of the current depression) and who for the most part keep to themselves, were not good enough to be permitted to exist in this public area when so many politicians, bureaucrats, and perhaps media outlets (of which I saw none, but they were probably expected) were to be present. In fact, none of the individual who call the park home was even permitted to attend the event as regular attendees. The fact that those people were made to so completely disappear disturbs me very much and is very reminiscent of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. It is also disturbing that the Bridge Ceremony was conducted in such a vacuum of artificiality as falsehood. The homeless people that live next to the bridge are as much a part of the current landscape as the 17,000 vehicles that pass over it each day, and as much as the polluted sewage water that flows under the bridge and is called Pennypack Creek. I am not attempting to debate the causes of homelessness, nor to debate our response to it. I am merely concerned that so many people were made to disappear and that their lack of presence created such a saccharine environment that served to deceive the attendees as to what the current state of the bridge actually is. Perhaps Rosemary can conduct an investigative piece into this matter and let us know what she finds out. I for one would be very interested in hearing what kind of pressures were applied to our fellow citizens, where they all went, and what their thoughts are on the bridge and its historical significance. Lt. William J. Lawler II, M.Ed

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