A Tale of Two Cecils


[DEMOLITION OF NEW THANKFUL BAPTIST CHURCH AT 18TH AND CECIL B. MOORE-A VICTIM OF A DIMINISHED CONGREGATION]

Heading west off of Broad, past the brief but intensifying gleam of Templetown, Cecil B. Moore, formerly Columbia Avenue, assumes a frozen-in-amber quality.  West of the 20th st., the riots, clearly, stopped time.  Staple stores of solid neighborhoods–dry cleaners, groceries, hardware stores (near Ridge)–still bear their space age facades grafted onto the older 19th and early 20th century redbrick.  At either end of Cecil B. Moore, decline and rebirth.


[NEW INFILL HOUSING AT 32ND AND CECIL B. MOORE–A PROJECT OF COMMUNITY VENTURES WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE CITY]

The trend towards single family detached suburban style housing continues–but can another style compete?  Love it or loathe it, the suburban cachet is undeniable. These houses feature 3br / 2.5 baths for $125,000.  Most importantly, they’ll feature “large landscaped yards”.

[More photos of the Strawberry Mansion development]

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