Last fall, we told you about 540 and 542 Lombard St., two surprisingly blighted properties across the street from Starr Garden Park. At the time, we also mentioned that Mother Bethel AME, a large and historic congregation just to the north of the properties, had owned these properties for almost fifteen years. One of our commenters was knowledgeable enough to share some additional yet grisly history for these properties; a murder victim was apparently buried in one of the basements of these homes back in 2001.
At the time, we suggested that if the church was unable to renovate these properties, it would be appropriate to sell them to someone who could. Taking aside the fact that these buildings were an eyesore to passersby, the church was not responsible for any property…
The Philly school system has been underfunded for years. In Queen Village, neighbors are parlaying the power of organizing and civic groups to provide 30 students access to summer school they need but would have been refused due to cuts in the Philadelphia School District (PSD) budget. This year, citywide summer school programs have been cut to bridge programs for students entering high school and seniors who need one or two more credits to graduate.
City Paper covered the vast issues that have weighed and continue to weigh down city schools in May in an article entitled “Who’s Killing Philly Public Schools.”
A partnership between members of the Queen Village Neighborhood Association (QVNA) and the Mother Bethel AME Church led to