While the topic of shantytowns has been in no way exhausted by this assignment, I think that enough leads have been established to merit further investigation. What started out as a reference to a hill in West Philadelphia lead me to find some very powerful images at 4th & Oregon. Time constraints proved to be the most challenging obstacle, given that this project has no established path. Clues lead to hits and misses and therefore it becomes a matter of both creative thinking and thoroughness.

The questions that have come out of what I have learned thus far are the following:

-Using my experience with the "Philadelphia Record" as an example, what other creative resources could be used to learn more about the West Philadelphia shantytown? (Railroad company archives?)

-What was Martin Village? Was it an area similar to that which we saw in the photographs of 4th & Oregon?

project background process part II