Mural Arts project uses former crack house to highlight housing issues

    What used to be a crack house in Mantua is undergoing a transformation.

    A multi-part project on the 3800-block of Melon Street has turned the former drug den into the latest work of art from the Mural Arts Program. Peter Crimmins spent part of Friday in West Philadelphia learning about “A Place to Call Home,” a project that highlight youth homelessness issues.

    The brightly painted installation of sorts will be on display for the next few weeks until the house is sold to a low-income buyer.

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