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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 […]

 By Ryan A. Shellenberger and Sarah E. Maceachern

Germantown: Fear of Blight and Vagrancy Will Come With School Closure

Germantown: Fear of Blight and Vagrancy Will Come With School Closure

[vimeo 69047802] The closings of both Germantown High and Robert Fulton Elementary School pose a serious concern to the community; residents fear the block becoming vacant in the heart of central Germantown will have a negative influence and create problems within the neighborhood. Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster III of Janes Memorial United Methodist […]

 By Sara Khan and Alyssa Saylor

Plan Philly: South Kensington Block Deals with Rodents, Vacancy and Broken Sidewalks

Plan Philly: South Kensington Block Deals with Rodents, Vacancy and Broken Sidewalks

The 1800 block of North Fourth Street starts with a small yard where children love to play in the summer. Several ignored lots with overgrown grass and trash weave in between the red brick townhouses. The “Rat House”—an abandoned building that breeds fearless rats—sits between another empty lot and a family residence. A small convenience […]