(Philadelphia Inquirer) The white teddy bear was left behind by a previous occupant in the rowhouse that Glenn Mancini started to renovate last year at 2020 Master St. The bear holds a heart that promises, "You are special." It sits alone in the gutted first floor as a mocking reminder.
"I couldn't get rid of it," Mancini said.
He had plans for 2020 Master and the neighboring house at 2022. Mancini submitted those ideas to the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke's offices.
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Mancini, a small developer based in Harrowgate, saw opportunity in the Sharswood section of North Philadelphia. He invested about $75,000 of his own funds in 2020 Master. He hoped to rent the first two floors and move into the third floor with his fiancee.
Those plans are now scuttled.