Standing in the midst of an otherwise middle-class neighborhood in the Upper Holmesburg section of Philadelphia, Liddonfield Housing Project had a notorious reputation for decades. Built in the 1950s, Liddonfield was home to generations of low-income families. Demolition of the housing project was under way by April 2011. Now there is an empty field where the housing project stood.
An example of a really good map depicting the location of the former Liddonfield Housing Project (coupled with a stereotypical comment) can be viewed on wikimapia. A map of the area surrounding 4401-G Megargee Street, home of the Reeves family from 1958-1967, can be viewed at Google Maps.
|LIDDONFIELD WAS IN SEVERE DECLINE BY 2010|
Liddonfield's design isolated it from the surrounding community of homeowners. It's isolation gave rise to a subculture of people living on the fringes of society. Its distinctive features included bullpens - concrete enclosures used by residents for storage and hanging laundry.
|Liddonfield circa 1964. Note bullpens in background|
|Liddonfield was a predominantly white housing project until the 1990s|
|3 BEDROOMS, 1 KITCHEN, 1 BATH, 10 PEOPLE|
|OUR LIVING ROOM HAD A BACK DOOR|
|Kevin and I on Christmas Day.|
View a farewell to Liddonfield video by L.A. Ives which includes lots of photos of the project’s former residents.
You can view a touching video of Liddonfield family and friends who passed on, which was produced by Leonard A. Ives. Just click on this link.