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Herman Wrice Mural

Herman Wrice, who founded Mantua Against Drugs (MAD), led a brave 15-year campaign to drive narcotics dealers from Mantua and to shut down their crack houses.

An abandoned house on the 3600 block of Fairmount Ave.

Promise Zone Assets

West Philadelphia Promise Zone Assets

The West Philadelphia Promise Zone

Neighborhoods of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone

37th St. and Fairmount Ave.

View from the intersection of 37th St. and Fairmount Ave.

34th & Haverford

View east from intersection of 34th Street and Haverford Avenue, showing recent townhouse development 

Mantua Square

Mantua Square, a Philadelphia Housing Authority redevelopment project at 35th St. and Fairmount Ave., constructed on the site where Mantua Hall once stood, an 18-storey high-rise apartment building that was demolished in 2008.

Philly Poverty

The nation's poorest big city

Private Redevelopment in Mantua

Looking west along the 3800 block of Mellon St., where a private developer has renovated and painted existing brick townhouses

Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church, at 36th St. and Haverford Ave., where Herman Wrice hosted weekly community meetings