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.

FIGHT THE STIGMA!

FIGHT THE STIGMA!
Rosemary Reeves, Blogger, standing on Philadelphia Skyline

Liddonfielders Speak


"I admire your guts Rose you are a true friend to all of us Liddonfielders! I wish I would of known you! Thanks" Peggy Wills Flite 

For years, residents of Liddonfield housing project have been a silent minority in Upper Holmesburg, sharing their personal stories only amongst each other.  Now,  Liddonfielders speak about their every day lives in the project, what they thought of nearby homeowners and their private struggles.


"I understood being poor but I also knew that the world wasn't over, that in spite of that (Being poor) and percieved 'Class differences' in the world that even being white couldn't overcome, that I could make a good life for myself,In spite of my poor family life & background. I made countless friends in the project and what I gained as a person is something many others will never know!!"  Neil Carter


"I lived in liddonfield from 1959-1974. I remember all the good familys. we had great time. slept with our doors open.go in each other house, share things. I was happy there, we walked to st. dominic ourselves. christmas parties in the office. good times , then about 1980 thimgs changed, glad my mother got out then, any of the people from1960 -1975 around?" babs

"I lived at liddonfield from 1985 to 1995 but my family stayed there until 2000. We were one of 5 black families that lived there then so we all stuck together because it made it easy to fend off the racial predujuce we constantly endured almost daily from others in the community and people who just passed by. I lived at 4609-D megargee street right on the front row where Acme ,K-mart and Fayva shoe store was there then.  Mostly we felt secure and happy as I was number 5 of six children. Most of my immediate neighbors by me were friendly as I spent countless days playing football and baseball in the field next to my house and going to torresdale park in the summers swimming and catching frogs down Pennypack Creek.  I seen the place go from good to bad during the late 80s and early 90s as more and more people moved there of all races from different projects throughout the city bringing there old habits up the the northeast.  Drugs and crime were destroying the neighborhood then but there were always some good pockets of decent people there throughout.  I am glad I lived there and sad to see it go.Being there from the time I was allowed me to be introduced to people from all walks of life which helped me become the person I am today. I took the good I learned and left. R.I.P. Liddonfield Homes." Anonymous

"My brother Danny went to Nam and came home with exposure to orange-he was a door gunner on a chopper, he died in 1982 and is missed everyday. He was a friend to your brother Barry also!!!"  Jerri McLaughlin Hemphill

"I ALSO LIVED IN LINDONFIELD HALF MY LIFE AND ALSO RECALL THE LABELING TOO AND IT DID BOTHER ME WHEN I WAS YOUTH BUT AS I GOT OLDER I REALIZED I LIVED A BETTER LIFE THEN HALF THE HOMEOWNERS AROUND THERE AND WHILE THEY STUCK THEIR NOSES UP IN THE AIR, AND DOWNED US LIVING THERE MORE OF THE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED BY THE HOME OWNERS ACROSS THE ST. WE MAY HAVE BEEN POOR BUT WAS RICH WITH FAMILY AND LOVE FROM EVERYONE WHO THERE IN THERE!!!!!! SO FOE THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY ABOUT LINDONFEILD PROJECT STICK UP YOUR NOSE......PROUD OF WHO I AM AND WHERE I COME FROM!!!!!!!!" Anonymous

  
"Its a shame... they were like or was a "real" home to many people including my family from 1969 to 1985 . The people that lived in them really didn't have the money to put into them to fix up and besides they didn't own them... but the people that did own them aka the city / state didn't put money back into them... they were just worried about a BIGGER pay check every year , I will miss these homes . I always think about "what could have been" with them at one time , yes they were great when we moved in but as the years went back... they went down hill . Some of the fault goes to the city / state for not putting money back into them... as with everything else in LIFE it comes down to MONEY , GOODBYE Liddonfield !!!!!!!!!!!!"  LenKnee


"I lived in Liddonfield from 1961 to 1981. I remember how outsiders judged you.  Growing up there you look at life a bit differently. I have good memories of my childhood. I remember Brown's corner store, the ball field, push mowers, the monkey bars. You don't find the same interaction in neighborhoods today."  Anonymous



"I DONT THINK WE CHOSE TO STAY WE HAD NO CHOICE DAD WAS A DRUNK SO WAS MOM WE GREW UP VERY POOR I WAS BORN AND RAISED THERE AT ONE TIME IT WAS A NICE PLACE TO LIVE BUT AT LEAST YOU WAS WHITE.. WE WHERE AMERICAN INDIAN JUST LIKE HOW U WAS TREATED DIFFERENT IN THAT NEW AREA WE WAS TREATED THAT WAY IN THE PROJECTS SO BE GLAD YOU GOT OUT WHEN YOU COULD THANK YOU FOR YOUR STORY."  Anonymous





1 comment:

  1. I lived there from around 1966-1969 but my mom and siblings stayed there for a few years after that (I went to live with my dad). I have great memories of living there. The big Oak tree out our bedroom window, walking to McDonald's (we lived on Cottage St), all the great neighbors and their kids, the parties my mom and friends had. Luckily, it was relatively new then and still kept up, it was sad to see that it went so bad.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for commenting on PublicHousingStories.com!