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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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    New Parking Lot Coming to Germantown Avenue Commercial Corridor

    Parking overload! The 5300 block of Germantown Avenue will soon be home to a new surface parking lot, joining two existing private lots that front the commercial corridor within a single block.

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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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    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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    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

W Rockland St News

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.

Litter Scavenger Hunt

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