Pictured above is the 6200 block of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia. This block was ground zero for the MOVE bombings of 1985, in which Philadelphia Police dropped an ”incendiary device” on its own citizens, with the approval of Mayor W. Wilson Goode.
The bombing destroyed 65 homes, and killed 11 MOVE members. The event was a public relations nightmare for the city as not only did the city bomb its own citizens, but also the Philadelphia Fire Department faced allegations that it stopped trying to put out the fire due to claims that they were being fired at.
An investigation that followed the MOVE bombings resulted in no members of the city government being charged with a crime. As part of a settlement, the city was required to rebuild the homes destroyed by the fire. However, when the city rebuilt the 6200 block of Osage Avenue, they hired shady contractors who did a cut-rate job resulting in homes that would end up being condemned for being unsafe.
A few people still call this block home, but as pictured above, the majority of the homes of this block are now boarded up as a chilling reminder of that day in 1985 when Philadelphia bombed itself.
For more information on the MOVE bombings, check out this series of articles by the Philadelphia Inquirer, or watch this documentary that aired on WHYY.