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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Where the MOVE Bomb was Dropped

This entire block was gutted by fire in 1985 when Philadelphia's mayor ordered a bomb dropped on an inner-city cult headquarters. Afterward, most of the block's homeowners accepted a buyout and left, leaving parts empty and desolate to this day.

Osage Ave., Philadelphia, PA
The boarded-up homes line both sides of Osage Ave., which is one-way westbound between S. 62nd and S. 63rd Sts.
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MOVE neighborhood.

Where the MOVE Bomb was Dropped

Not much to see but still rather eerie. Every other house is boarded up. The others? Seemingly happily occupied.

[Andrew, 05/22/2012]

On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia dropped a bomb on the revolutionary MOVE group building, starting a fire that killed the MOVE members and families and destroyed two blocks of over 60 homes. No plaque or monument; bombed ruins were demolished.

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