• Weeds and more weeds pop through the brick sidewalk. Photo by Emaleigh Doley. July 25, 2014.

    The Move to Remake Maplewood Mall, See Plans at September 9 Public Meeting

    After two years of planning, the City of Philadelphia is moving forward with efforts to revitalize Maplewood Mall in Germantown. A public meeting and presentation of draft alternatives for the reconstruction project will be held on Tuesday, September 9. Be there!

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    What’s Happening at 5301 Germantown Avenue?

    A group of Germantown residents, business owners, and property owners have submitted a letter of inquiry to L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams calling for a review of Ken Weinstein’s commercial and residential development at 5301 Germantown Avenue.

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    Friend of the TTF Watershed: Aine wins an award!

    Woot! My sister Aine is being honored for her environmental work in Philadelphia from the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership. TTF will host its third annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 21 at

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    Risky Business in Germantown

    Nuisance businesses and commercial blight can be a real problem in cities. Here, we look at one example of a business operating unchecked, with no regard for the rules and regulations put into place to protect the community. Learn how to tackle problems like this yourself.

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    From an Old Resident

    Over the years, we’ve received some eyeopening letters from former residents of W Rockland Street and the surrounding blocks. Here’s one from Phil O’Donnell of Cheltenham, who provides a snapshot of life in

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Neighborhood bulletin board at Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties.

Grant opportunity to design a neighborhood bulletin board

Sure, lots of neighborhood communications have moved online, but here in Germantown we know there is still a place for the paper flyer. We’re looking for a designer, architect or builder to help us create a neighborhood bulletin board. See photos of outdoor bulletin boards at parks and gardens around Philadelphia for inspiration.

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W Rockland Street is looking for a Junior Block Captain

We’re on the hunt for a new Junior Block Captain on the unit block of W Rockland Street for 2014. Being a block captain is more than just organizing block parties, it’s a real (volunteer) job worthy of a serious job description. Some of the responsibilities below were suggested by children at our first block meeting of the season.

The Blight Stuff: Trash, Vacant Property + Land

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Risky Business in Germantown

Nuisance businesses and commercial blight can be a real problem in cities. Here, we look at one example of a business operating unchecked, with no regard for the rules and regulations put into place to protect the community. Learn how to tackle problems like this yourself.

Do-It-Yourself Citizen