The revamped Germantown Special Services District has been called to order

The new chairman of the Germantown Special Services District would like you to know that he's heard all the stories, the tales of meddling and mismanagement and political manipulation that brought the neighborhood's commercial district to its knees. And he doesn't care.

Joseph Martin, a straight-talking MBA who founded the Acclaim Academy early childhood learning center on Germantown Avenue a few years ago, said it's what happens tomorrow that interests him.

"I personally don't care what happened with GSSD in the past. I wasn't here," he told a small crowd gathered that Tuesday night as members of the board met officially for the first time.

"People have turned their backs on us for so long. This is the restart," said Martin, who grew up in West Oak Lane and graduated from Olney High School. "It's time to hit the restart button for Germantown."

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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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