Levittown: "It Was Wonderful"

Locals celebrate 60 years of Levittown, the trend-setting, post-war suburb of Philadelphia. Meanwhile nearby, a 17th century mansion is saved.

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June 25, 2012, 1:00 PM PDT

By Tim Halbur


The reflections of numerous residents, such as Albert Wargo, the army veteran quoted in this headline, were recorded to celebrate the anniversary.

Barbara Boyer of the Inquirer explains more of the suburb's history, through an interview with Amy Duckett Wagner, author of a book on Levittown:

"The development was planned with parks, schools, and community pools, and included more than 17,300 houses built in seven years, said Amy Duckett Wagner. They were built with veterans in mind, who returned from World War II to find a shortage of affordable homes. The Rancher sold for less than $9,000 and the Country Clubber for $17,990 if it was a corner unit."

Monday, June 25, 2012 in The Philadelphia Inquirer

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