Northwest Philadelphia

 By Holly Otterbein

Learning from the Dead: Laurel Hill Cemetery

Learning from the Dead: Laurel Hill Cemetery

On Ridge Avenue—right before Strawberry Mansion hastily transforms into East Falls—on 78 acres of lush, tree-filled and flower-spotted land, sits the home of many important men and women. Their names aren’t always easily recognizable, but what they’ve done is. The founder of Breyers Ice Cream, the first American ballerina, the man who invented denim, the creator […]

 By Jeff Appelblatt, Sammy Davis and Rebecca Rotkowski

Germantown and its Cobblestones

Germantown and its Cobblestones

We set out to find the untold stories of Germantown, a thriving neighborhood of culture and history in Northwest Philadelphia. The cobblestones of Germantown Avenue distinguish the busy street from the rest of the neighborhood. We learned about the history of these jagged rocks, how their current construction is affecting area businesses and the streetscape, […]

 By Sammy Davis

Germantown: Breaking Down Businesses

Germantown: Breaking Down Businesses

Bumpy, dangerous to drive on and just a pain in the neck—this is how Germantown residents describe the more than 100-year-old cobblestones that line historic Germantown Avenue in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. The jagged cobblestones of Germantown Avenue have been a unique cultural quality of the area since they replaced dirt roads of the Quaker-founded […]

 By Jeff Appelblatt

The Risks of Riding on Rock

The Risks of Riding on Rock

Every driver in the Germantown is faced with a seemingly life-or-death question each time he or she is driving in the area. Should you drive on Germantown Avenue, risking your tires on the lethal brick that sits instilled in the street, or should you find another way to go? While many people worry about accidents […]

 By Jeff Appelblatt

What are Cobblestones?

What are Cobblestones?

If you’ve ever wondered why your car trembled like it was scared while driving down Germantown Avenue, there’s one answer: The combination of the trolley track and cobblestones. So you know what a trolley track is, but what are cobblestones? Cobblestones are river rocks that were commonly used to pave streets in more ancient times. […]

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