Mantua: Residents, Business Owners Hope for More Progress With New Mayor

With Philadelphia’s primary election creeping up in May, the city is already prepping for a new mayor to take the reins from Mayor Michael Nutter, and many are talking about what changes they would like to see.

In the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua and the Lancaster Avenue corridor, students, residents and small-business owners are thinking about how employment and a rebuilding of the community could work toward reducing crime rates.

Center City skyscrapers can be seen from the edge of Mantua where a "Bulbs Not Bullets" community sign welcomes visitors.
Center City skyscrapers can be seen from the edge of Mantua where a “Bulbs Not Bullets” community sign welcomes visitors.

Danielle Green, owner and founder of Indigo Bleu, an art and culture center at 39th Street and Lancaster Avenue, is happy with the progress being made in Mantua. But she – along with residents Shaka Draper and Larry Bryant – all realize that more progress needs to be made.

– Text, videos and photos by Chelsea Lacey-Mabe and Lera Salmon