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West Park Apartments from the west

For three quarters of the past century, public housing has controversially served low-income residents of several West Philadelphia neighborhoods.


Haddington's Vintage Rowhouses

In the late 1950s, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, as an alternative to building elevator towers, experimented with “conserving” (i.e., renovating) used housing as public housing in Haddington, a working-class neighborhood in racial transition.

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.

5500 Block of Spring St.

Looking north, Haddington rowhouses on Spring St., near intersection with Race.

Rowhouses on 56th St. between Market and Arch

Rowhouses on 56th St. between Market and Arch, just north of the Market Street Elevated.

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.