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And developers of these blocks will have the added challenge of winning support from embittered residents whose American Dream of homeownership has been a nightmare."We've been victimized twice," Osage resident Milton Williams said.Some might say Williams and his neighbors have been victimized three times - the first being when MOVE arrived around 1981.They soon turned their middle-class row house into a fortified compound, with a bunker on the roof and wooden slats over the windows.Reeking garbage attracted vermin, and loudspeakers blared obscene daily rants against authorities for jailing their peers."You really couldn't get any rest," said Connie Renfrow, who still lives on Osage.
The homes built to replace those lost in the bomb-ignited inferno were so shoddy that officials stopped making repairs and offered buyouts."There's nothing nice about this block anymore," said Bostic, 89.
Her West Philadelphia neighborhood - now nearly vacant and eerily quiet - never recovered from the city's horrific botched attempt to arrest the MOVE members on May 13, 1985.
The violent confrontation marked the first time authorities in the United States had dropped a bomb on American citizens.
Gerri Bostic lost all her material possessions 25 years ago when police dropped a bomb on her block, killing five children and six adult members of the militant group MOVE and incinerating 61 row homes.
Perhaps her biggest losses were her peace of mind and sense of community.
"The kids couldn't do their studies."Her husband, Gerald Renfrow, said neighbors at first tried to address the problems directly with MOVE members, all of whom used the surname Africa.