Overview of mantua


The mantua community has been scarred by years of disinvestments and neglect.

Until recently it had been burdened with what on the surface appeared to be an overwhelming problem of drug-related violence, and the open peddling of drugs---the majority of which was sold to people from the nearby suburbs and universities.

Because of its strategic position to major arteries of transportation, including the Schuylkill expressway and I-95, the area had become a favorite place to pull in, purchase drugs, and be back on the highway within minutes.

Mayor street's drug enforcement initiatives, however, literally the face of mantua by forcing this negative element to sell their wares at some other location, or risk being arrested.



Along with the work of the NSSD, and the several millions of dollars that have already been set aside to jumpstart the revitalization process (evidence of construction and refurbishing of buildings is alrady prominent in the area) and will result in a clean, safe, and aesthetically pleasing community that is empowered to keep it that way.

This area is also prime property for investors because ofits proximity to the following

  • Philadelphia Zoo (1/4mile)
  • Philadelphia Museum of art (1/4 mile)
  • Amtrak Train Station (1/3mile)
  • Center City (1/2mile)
  • University of Pennsylvania (1/2 mile)
  • Drexel University (1/4 mile)
  • Fairmount park (1/4 mile)
  • Schuylkill Expressway (1/4 mile)
  • Restaurants, Hotels, Museums, Shops, Sports Clubs, Bookstores(1/4 mile)

There are also plans for a major supermarket, state-of-the-art daycare center, sidewalk cafes, restaurants,and a myriad of retail bisinesses that are now targeting lots and abandoned homs that were once filled with trash and debris.

With the move of the west philadelphia partnership to one mantua plaza, the area is now in direct contact with a social service agency that is gearing up to provide job training and development for adults.WPP has already implemented a major youth works program that employs close to 600 students in the area (summer and year-round) and will be adding a career link office on july 6th.