Eastwick Oral History Project: Leonard Stewart

"I always really liked the open spaces ‘cause you know I like to go outdoors and stuff, fishing, I still go fishing a lot. Then I used to go hunting a lot of the time. My father and a lot of his friends, some of the guys from the church, always liked the outdoors. I remember we used to go deer hunting, and we would…. So ya know, I like the outdoors. And one thing, when I moved out there, I said oh yeah since my wife liked it, I knew I was right there on the Heinz, ‘cause I used to take my nephew down here fishing in the 60s but because when Heinz was just a big impoundment. So, I kind of knew the area, and I loved the open spaces, and would take the dog and we would just walk all around, ya know, so I enjoyed it."

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  • The Eastwick Oral History Project documents the rich history and complex cultural life of Eastwick — a vibrant community in Southwest Philadelphia. The neighborhood’s history is marked by deep connections to the landscape and waterways, as well as experiences of displacement and environmental injustice.The Eastwick Oral History Project, operated by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, documents the legacies and changes of the neighborhood through interviews with lifelong residents, long-time residents, and others who are engaged in community advocacy around Eastwick’s future.
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