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    Lots of Possibility: Grassroots vacant lot project with Mural Arts Program underway in Germantown

    Learn about a new collaborative public art project being created in the large vacant lot at the corner of W Rockland and Greene Streets. The W Rockland Street Project has teamed up with the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program to activate and beautify the space with a mural, a community bulletin board, new plants, and more. The project will be completed during the summer months of 2015. Learn how you can get involved.

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    Redevelopment of Germantown’s YWCA about more than just one building

    Local media has turned it’s attention to development in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood this week as journalists reported on the fate of the historic YWCA building. Here’s my letter to The Inquirer in response to architecture critic Inga Saffron’s take in her weekly column.

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    Making Art on Germantown Avenue

    If you are wondering what’s behind that giant black screen at 6350 Germantown Avenue, I can tell you it’s not a junkyard. The property is the studio of visual artists Kate Kaman and Joel Erland.

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    Brickyard: Repaving one of Germantown’s red brick roads

    The 100 block of W Abbottsford in Germantown got a little love and affection from the Street Department this summer as potholes in the street, which is paved entirely in red brick, were repaired. See photos!

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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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Changing Germantown

The Blight Stuff: Trash, Vacant Property + Land

Do-It-Yourself Citizen

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Lots of Possibility: Grassroots vacant lot project with Mural Arts Program underway in Germantown

Learn about a new collaborative public art project being created in the large vacant lot at the corner of W Rockland and Greene Streets. The W Rockland Street Project has teamed up with the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program to activate and beautify the space with a mural, a community bulletin board, new plants, and more. The project will be completed during the summer months of 2015. Learn how you can get involved.