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Should the Snyder Avenue home of a former mob boss become a historical landmark?

In 1980, mob boss Angelo Bruno was murdered outside his Snyder Avenue home at the age of 69. Now 36 years later, his home could become a historical landmark for Philadelphia.

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Located at 934 Snyder Ave., this former mobster’s home was nominated for historical designation by historian¬†Celeste Morello. Normally mob-related landmarks aren’t considered as historical locations worth designating, but this home is being¬†considered not only based on Bruno’s status, but because it helped shape federal laws for fighting organized crime.¬†

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The nomination is expected to be taken up next month by a committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission.

“I assume it is our first historical property nomination related to Mafia history in Philadelphia. I can’t think that there is another one,” said Kim Broadbent, historic preservation planner on the staff of the Historical Commission. “It’s certainly a unique story about Philadelphia’s history that we don’t typically come across at the office.”

What do you think? Is this a location worthy of becoming a historical landmark?

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18 Responses to Should the Snyder Avenue home of a former mob boss become a historical landmark?

  1. Anna Maria February 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Designate a property where someone contributed something civic-worthy. This should not even be considered. Absolutely ridiculous.

  2. Carol February 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    Let’s stop glorifying these people.

  3. jsosia February 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Ridiculous, if for the reasons stated.

  4. DJ Joey FM February 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    Isn’t there some sort of law that says houses that are haunted can’t become historical landmarks?? If not… what the hell is Jim Kenney doing then? Twiddling his thumbs?

    • Chuck February 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      isn’t there also laws about hunting unicorns and cutting down giant bean stalks?

      • DJ Joey FM February 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

        Chuck, is that you? It’s dad. What did I tell you about using the computer without permission?

  5. Lou_100x February 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Celeste Morello is no different than Donald Trump.

    • Private February 16, 2016 at 12:12 am #

      She is a wack job ! I have thrown her out of a previous place of employment several times for harassing my employees names I won’t mention. But their families were involved in some way….

    • Private February 16, 2016 at 12:13 am #

      Check is insaine

  6. Cat February 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    1980 was 36 years ago, not 26…

  7. Only me February 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm #


  8. Nikki February 16, 2016 at 5:59 am #

    Umm…he wasn’t murdered IN the home. He was murdered OUTSIDE the home in his car. Get the facts straight before you publish this nonsense.

    • Efrain February 16, 2016 at 8:34 am #

      Exacly my point

  9. Efrain February 16, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    Nope!!!!!! Nope!!! Nope!!!

  10. K February 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

    South Philly continues to support mobs and gang related activities. From the civilians idolizing mobs to the police turning a blind eye/supporting them. This here is no surprise.

    • Lou_100x February 18, 2016 at 8:45 am #

      It’s not “civilians” idolizing the mob. It’s ONE nutjob, and she’s doing it to promote her OWN business of selling BS “mob history” books.

  11. Mitzi February 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    No! No, no, no! That’s like making the Manson Family’s camp a historical landmark. Ew.

  12. Asia February 19, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    He was killed outside his home. It was one of the most famous Daily News covers of all time and you got it wrong???

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