Mount Airy

 By Lisa Wilk

Mount Airy: Sedgwick Theater

Mount Airy: Sedgwick Theater

In 2009 the Quintessence Theater Group signed a lease with Betty Ann and David Fellner, the owners of the Sedgwick Theater, to use the front lobby space as its new performance location. The group discovered the Sedgwick Theater, which is located at 7137 Germantown Ave.,  through Artistic Director Alex Burns, who was born and raised […]

 By Keisha Frazier

Mount Airy: Sedgwick Theater Stands the Pressures of Time

Mount Airy: Sedgwick Theater Stands the Pressures of Time

Serving the community as a movie palace in the neighborhood known today as Mount Airy, the Sedgwick Theater has become a local historic site. Since its opening in 1928, this theater is one of the last existing original movie palaces in the Philadelphia area. After being closed for several years, the theater was bought in […]

 By Lisa Wilk

Mount Airy: Trolley Car Diner Brings Local Community Together

Mount Airy: Trolley Car Diner Brings Local Community Together

The Trolley Car Diner was transported by truck 10 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pa., to its current site in Mount Airy. Owner Ken Weinstein was able to find a vacant Roy Rogers site along Germantown Avenue for the diner’s newest location. “There used to be five original diners in Wilkes Barre and we took […]

 By Josh Fernandez

Mount Airy: Traffic Activists Take on Crashes Along Lincoln Drive

Mount Airy: Traffic Activists Take on Crashes Along Lincoln Drive

Kitty Dior said the turning point for her traffic activism occurred outside of her Mount Airy home on Lincoln Drive and Hortler Street after a horrific accident in May 2007. Dior, a consultant for shops in Center City Philadelphia’s “Jeweler’s Row” by Eighth and Chestnut streets, was just coming in from the movies and heard […]

 By Chris Banks and Sarah Fry

Mt. Airy: Neighbors Care About the Community

Mt. Airy: Neighbors Care About the Community

In Philadelphia a neighborhood is frequently seen as a part of the city that is connected by location only. Sometimes people or organizations come together and try to unite the people who live and work in the neighborhood, but more often than not the response is fleeting at best. This, combined with a population that […]

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Northwest Market Promotes Locally Grown Food

Northwest Market Promotes Locally Grown Food

The local foods movement means a lot to the city of Philadelphia. During a time when obesity and health-related issues plague society, many are turning to fresh, locally grown produce. Economically, however, it could mean so much more to individuals and small businesses alike throughout the city. Weavers Way Co-op in Mt. Airy has been […]

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Northwest Philly Residents Learn and Share at the Community Café

Residents of the neighborhoods in the Northwest section of Philadelphia came together to discuss important issues at the Community Café. About 100 people gathered at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church to enjoy coffee and food while talking about the topics that matter most to them in five different focus groups. The free event, sponsored by […]

 By Meg Frankowski and Josh Middleton

Mount Airy: Surviving 365 Days of Construction

Mount Airy: Surviving 365 Days of Construction

Joan Egler has always been a fan of Victorian-style architecture. This helps with the noise from the new construction renovating SEPTA’s dilapidated Allens Lane Rail Station in Philadelphia’s West Mt. Airy section. Cresheim Road resident Egler is supportive of and anxious for the Victorian renovation to be completed at this station, located at 7294 Cresheim […]

 By Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

The opening of the Germantown “White House,” which emphasizes the role of African-American slaves in President George Washington’s Philadelphia home, has created a controversy about who should tell the story. At a discussion and lecture on Thursday at Cliveden of the National Trust,  entitled, “Questions in Black History,” it was clear many Germantown residents are […]

 By Marco Dorazio and Shane Fox

Germantown: A Record Revival

Germantown: A Record Revival

For roughly a century, the primary medium to play back recorded sound was via the phonograph. Phonographs, which became vinyl records in the 1940s, are those large black discs your parents may have stored in crates in the attic. Over the last 50 years the medium was eventually replaced by tape and digital technologies. Still, […]