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Cobbs Creek

Contemporary photo of the 6100 block of Cedar Ave. shows West End houses that retain some of the original architectural features that marked them at the turn of the twentieth century.   

Students at the Jubilee School, a private middle-school at 42nd and Chester streets, researched the 1985 MOVE bombing and successfully campaigned for the State Historical Marker installed on the southeast corner of Osage Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway in the summer of 2017.

The house at 6221 Osage Avenue, location of MOVE’s 1985 headquarters, has stood empty for decades.

Shoddily built by a corrupt contractor, the replacements for homes destroyed in the 1985 MOVE bombing have been a source of controversy for Philadelphia.

Two loudspeakers and the rooftop bunker (target of a satchel bomb dropped from a police helicopter during the siege of May 13th) are visible on the facade of the fortified MOVE house at 6221 Osage Avenue in late April 1985.

Firefighters attempted to douse the raging fire on May 13, 1985, but city officials had already allowed the fire to burn to the point that it could no longer be contained.

Fire-tinged flowers on Pine Street in the aftermath of the fire in which eleven MOVE members died and 51 houses were destroyed on May 13, 1985.

Though the MOVE organization is notoriously famous by dint of the tragic 1985 MOVE fire, an event that shook the city to its core and ramifies even today, their history in West Philadelphia spans more than forty years, from the mid-1970s to the late-2010s.

Aerial view of the devastation caused by the MOVE fire of May 13, 1985, which killed 11 members of the MOVE organization and destroyed 61 homes in the blocks of Osage and Pine streets above Cobbs Creek Park.

Houses on Osage and Pine Streets destroyed in the 1985 MOVE fire were leveled by the city by summer.