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Revamped Germantown Special Services District scheduled to launch July 1

Last year, city Planning Commission staffers spent months conducting a study of the Chelten Avenue corridor, part of an effort to bring back shoppers and a better mix of businesses to the commercial district off Germantown Avenue.

There were roundtable meetings and surveys, wish lists and impassioned discussions with neighbors and business owners.

People talked about trash and property values, trash and crime, trash and a desire for more cafes and fewer fast-food stores, trash and the need for better lighting at public transit stops.

And trash.

Nearly everyone mentioned trash.

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About the author

Amy Z. Quinn, NewsWorks Northwest reporter

Amy Z. Quinn developed an interest in planning and land use while covering rapidly-developing South Jersey suburbs for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and later wrote extensively about urban and beachfront redevelopment for the Asbury Park Press.

Over more than 15 years of local reporting, opinion writing and blogging, Amy has cultivated a distinctive voice and desire to get right to the heart of an issue. She also trains tomorrow's news professionals as a popular journalism instructor at several area universities. 
 
A Manayunk native now living in an average suburban development, Amy covers Northwest Philly as part of PlanPhilly's partnership with WHYY's NewsWorks.


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