Mantua is located north of Spring Garden Street, east of 40th Street, south of Mantua Avenue, and west of 31st Street.
The neighborhood’s northern and western reaches are predominantly working-class and African American, although its southern border with Powelton Village has seen recent gentrification and an influx of Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania student renters. It is estimated that between 500 and 1000 college-aged students are living in Mantua.
This growing number of students has brought renewed interest to the Mantua community. This article from 2017 sheds more light on the “hopes and fears” this change has sparked: https://www.inquirer.com/philly/business/real_estate/residential/in-long-impoverished-mantua-signs-of-change-spark-hope-and-gentrification-fears-20170714.html
Read what some recent residents have to say about Mantua here: https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/n/mantua-philadelphia-pa/
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