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Public Housing

Carl Greene was executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority from 1998 to 2010. Greene championed the “New Urbanism” design concept that inspired new low-rise, low-density projects like Lucien E. Blackwell Homes. His tenure as the city’s housing czar was clouded by accusations of unethical and unprofessional behavior, for which he was fired in 2010.

The name Lucien E. Blackwell Homes memorializes the West Philadelphia politician Lucien E. Blackwell (1931–2003). This photo shows Blackwell when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Looking east from the 56th St. station of the Market Street Elevated. Market St. is the boundary between the Haddington and Cobbs Creek neighborhoods. The station is nearly four miles from Center City’s towers, visible in the background.

53rd St. between Vine and Race

Haddington row houses on 53rd St. between Vine and Race.

101 Block of Vodges St. near Race

Looking south: 101 block Vodges near intersection with Race.

Haddington Homes Courtyard

The image is a courtyard in Haddington Homes, on the south side of the 5500 block of Vine St.

Arch Homes viewed from 56th St.

On 56th St., a rear wall of rowhouses in the Arch Homes complex.

Entrance to Arch Homes

This photo shows the entrance to the Housing Authority’s Arch Homes project at 56th and Arch St. Post-Millennial row housing built as public housing.

Mantua Square

Opened in 1961 in the working-poor, black-segregated neighborhood of Mantua, Mantua Hall was an 18-storey, 153-unit modernist apartment tower built to house 495 people.

Mill Creek Homes

The architect Louis I. Kahn’s design for Mill Creek Homes—three 17-storey high-rise buildings and a cluster of two- and three-storey low-rises—was implemented by the Philadelphia Housing Authority in the Mill Creek neighborhood beginning in 1953 and extending into the 1960s, though with reductions in Kahn’s original design.