Although my sisters and I have all moved South, my dad and most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins still live in Philadelphia where our ancestors first settled when they came to the United States from Ireland, England, Wales, and Germany.  My dad loves to tell me stories about his childhood, so when I was visiting him in April, I asked him take me on a driving tour of his old neighborhoods. They certainly have changed.

This is Darien Street. My dad lived here when he was a kid.


The house that he lived in on 12th Street is literally gone! There’s nothing left but this empty lot in the middle of the block.
It was apparently really nice in the 1950s.


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