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.


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Jan 20, 2013

Best Quotes From Citizens, Police and Politicians on Crime/Drugs in Liddonfiield

The following quotes are from a protestor, a Liddonfield tenant, a homeowner who lived near the project, an inspector on the Philadelphia Police force and a politician regarding crime and drugs in Liddonfield Housing Project in the time leading up to a 1989 undercover operation that netted 22 arrests.

“Wake Up People of the Northeast!” 

Words on a protest sign carried by Joseph Sannutti, Tacony Civic Association Board Member during a November 15, 1989 meeting where 300 people from surrounding neighborhoods showed up to protest drugs at Liddonfield. 

Source:  Philadelphia Inquirer, November 15, 1989, All Talk, No Action Sparks Protest, Officials Grilled on Housing Project Drug Strategy, article by reporter Sydney Trent

The Liddonfield Tenants

Two weeks ago I was talking to a cop and I said, “What are you going to do about all the drugs in here?  They say it’s too small, they want the big operations.  But meanwhile there’s people in here getting hooked.”

Carol Compton of Liddonfield
July 24, 1988

Source:  Philadelphia Inquirer, July 24, 1988, Fear Pervades Liddonfield After Slayings article by reporter Lisa Ellis

The Homeowners

“There are people running in front of my house shooting guns.”

--Statement made by unidentified woman who lived near the project

Source:  July 28, 1988 Philadelphia Inquirer, Liddonfield Residents Vent Anger About Drugs, article by reporter Lisa Ellis

The Philadelphia Police

“My five narcotics officers are becoming easily recognized by the dealers.”

Inspector William McDonough, head of the Northeast Police Division
December 20, 1989

Source:  Philadelphia Inquirer, December 20, 1989, Police Inspector:  We Heard Them, by reporter Richard V. Sabatini

The Politicians

“The only way to get things done is to just keep harassing the officials.”

Philadelphia Councilwoman Joan Krajewski 

Source:  Philadelphia Inquirer, December 20, 1989, Police Inspector:  We Heard Them, by reporter Richard V. Sabatini


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