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Germantown: From Liberia To Philadelphia, Strengthening Community With History And Art

Germantown: From Liberia To Philadelphia, Strengthening Community With History And Art

Trapeta Mayson has lived in the Germantown community for 20 years. She has served as the executive director at Historic Germantown since August 2014 and feels like it is a perfect fit for her interests. Mayson was born in Liberia before immigrating to the United States in May 1975 with her parents, Rebecca and Lysander, […]

 

Germantown: Bringing The Farm Life To The City

Germantown: Bringing The Farm Life To The City

Philadelphia holds the fifth largest city population in the United States and largely is made up of rowhomes and businesses along busy streets. One of the major identifiers for large cities is that the high quantity of buildings leads to fewer green spaces than there are in rural areas. Located at 215 E. Penn St., Germantown […]

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Germantown: Focusing On Neighborhood History And Community Outreach

Germantown: Focusing On Neighborhood History And Community Outreach

Nina Coffin is the programs and communications coordinator for the nonprofit organization Historic Germantown. She grew up in the community and attended school at Germantown Friends, so she knows the community well. Coffin focuses on community outreach to help citizens remain informed about historic sites and events. What is the difference between Historic Germantown and […]

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Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Dating back to the 1680s, when it was a just small part of Germantown, the neighborhood of Mount Airy has a rich history that has shaped the diverse and tight-knit community that it is today. In 1750, William Allen, a chief justice for the province of Pennsylvania, built an estate at the corner of modern-day […]

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Northwest Philadelphia: Jumpstart Germantown Looks to Revitalize the Community One Property at a Time

Northwest Philadelphia: Jumpstart Germantown Looks to Revitalize the Community One Property at a Time

Jumpstart Germantown is a redevelopment program that was established in April, 2014 by Mount Airy real estate developer Ken Weinstein. The organization tackles the problems of blighted properties in the Northwest by training a new generation of developers how to invest in and revitalize real estate. “I liked taking junk, something like old buildings, and doing […]

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Germantown: Performing Arts School Introduces The Circus To The Neighborhood

Germantown: Performing Arts School Introduces The Circus To The Neighborhood

Germantown is home to several historical landmarks and small businesses. Located on Greene Street, in the heart of the neighborhood, is one of those small businesses. Whether one wants to stay fit, release stress or just have fun, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is a contemporary circus school teaching circus performing acts such as juggling, unicycling, tightrope and […]

 

Germantown: Small Businesses Impact The Unemployment Rate

Germantown: Small Businesses Impact The Unemployment Rate

One may have noticed the influx of small businesses in Germantown that have popped up throughout the past decade. With unemployment still an issue, many wonder if this growth of small businesses is having any effect on residents. Local resident Alisha Gillespie is frustrated about the list of job requirements businesses ask for and wants to see a change in the […]

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Northwest: Mount Airy Learning Tree Branching Out to Create Stronger Community

Northwest: Mount Airy Learning Tree Branching Out to Create Stronger Community

Mount Airy Learning Tree (MALT) is a community-based nonprofit organization that has been bringing together members of the Northwest Philadelphia community for more than 35 years. Founded in 1980 by Barbara Bloom, MALT looks to enrich the lives of community members by offering a wide range of courses in an informal learning environment on particular […]

 

Mount Airy: Lovett Memorial Library Getting Closer to Completion

Mount Airy: Lovett Memorial Library Getting Closer to Completion

In 2013, the Lovett Memorial Library on Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy was selected as one of four Philadelphia branches to be a part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative. For more than 130 years it has been a staple of the Mount Airy community. Now, nearly four years […]

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Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Martha Sharkey is the executive director for the Chestnut Hill Business Association and is one of the primary people leading the way in bringing new businesses, programs and community safety projects to the local community. Sharkey, who has held her current position for three years, believes that helping bring new people to the neighborhood will ultimately […]

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