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?

18 thoughts on “Should the Snyder Avenue home of a former mob boss become a historical landmark?

  • February 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm

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

  • February 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Let’s stop glorifying these people.

  • February 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Ridiculous, if for the reasons stated.

  • 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?

    • February 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

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

      • 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?

  • February 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Celeste Morello is no different than Donald Trump.

    • 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….

  • February 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    1980 was 36 years ago, not 26…

  • February 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm


  • 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.

  • February 16, 2016 at 8:33 am

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • February 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm

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

  • 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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