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    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City seizing blighted Germantown complex owned by nightmare landlord

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is one step closer to seizing – and potentially redeveloping – a few dozen blighted properties once controlled by a powerful, now-defunct social service and housing nonprofit…

    • Shani Akilah and Abdul-Aliy Muhammad with the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative at Rittenhouse Square Park. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

After Philly Starbucks arrest, what does it mean to be black in a ‘white space’?

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad grabs a seat on a low-slung wall inside Rittenhouse Square. It's a bit chilly but there are still plenty of people sitting on benches. Having a snack. Reading a…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s $9 million goodbye to Germantown’s worst landlord

Everyone has crossed paths with a bad landlord. Then there’s Leroy Prince. His apartment in East Germantown doesn’t have hot water.  The gas is on. It’s the tank that’s the problem.…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New housing nears completion, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: PHA celebrates 57 new rental units built at edge of Blumberg site

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) brass will join elected officials and residents in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of 57 new rental units. The brick townhomes represent the first…

    • Germantown YWCA, May 2016

Mixed-use development announced for vacant Germantown Y

After sitting vacant for more than a decade, the Germantown YWCA is now a small step away from becoming a mixed-used development.   The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) announced Thursday that its Board of…

    • Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Charlie Gaines plays with his band in Philadelphia in 1940. | John W. Mosley/Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection of Temple University Libraries

Revitalization stirs up memories of a time Sharswood pulsed with all that jazz

As the Philadelphia Housing Authority charges ahead with its ambitious plans to remake the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Sharswood, WHYY's Aaron Moselle looks back at the area's jazz legacy, rooted then…

    • Former Blumberg resident James Norcome at his new Queen's Row. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Seniors not itching to return to Blumberg apartments in North Philly

All but one building at the Norman Blumberg Apartments will be erased: the Senior Tower. Like everyone who lived at Blumberg, these elder residents were relocated to make way for the…

    • (L to R) East Falls Forward officers Angela Velez, Juliet Geldi and Silje Roalsvik (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Recently-approved East Falls civic group looks to improve commercial district

Residents and developers in need of a zoning variance in East Falls will now have to meet with two different civic groups. At the end of June, Philadelphia's Zoning Board of…

    • (L to R) East Falls Forward officers Angela Velez, Juliet Geldi and Silje Roalsvik (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

New civic group looks to bring another voice to the table in East Falls

There's a new kid on the civic group block in East Falls. Earlier this month, residents launched East Falls Forward, a free-to-join organization with a simple, but ambitious goal: make…

    • Vacant land behind the former site of the Queen Lane Apartments is part of the proposed play space area. (Jimmy Viola/for NewsWorks, file)

PHA agrees to maintain outdoor space near Queen Lane apartments site

They came ready for a fight, but walked away with a compromise. On Thursday, Germantown residents packed courtroom 414 in City Hall for the start of a trial aimed, on paper,…

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As Indego gets in gear, bike-share entrepreneur says Philly learned from other cities' trials

On an overcast morning, a trio of bike mechanics stands in a cluster at the back of a mostly vacant, brick warehouse in Kensington. Mostly vacant, because behind the group sits…

    • Germantown Charter School SRC hearing

Germantown makes its pitch for community charter school at former GHS site

In Kelly green T-shirts, they linked hands and prayed for a neighborhood. "Germantown is a place with many seeds that are ready to swell," said Rev. Lorelei Toombs, senior pastor of…

    • Come Saturday, you won't be able to see the Queen Lane Apartments tower anymore. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

Why the 14-second Queen Lane Apartments implosion will sound like 'a thunderbolt'

Fourteen seconds. That's roughly how long it will take to reduce Queen Lane Apartments to a pile of rubble Saturday morning, to end its nearly 60-year stay in west Germantown. Only…

    • In five weeks, this hulking structure at Queen Lane and Pulaski Avenue will be a thing of the past. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

PHA schedules Queen Lane Apartments implosion for Sept. 14

Queen Lane Apartments, a 16-story public housing high-rise in Germantown, is scheduled to be demolished on Sunday, Sept. 14. The highly anticipated date was revealed during a Thursday night community meeting…

    • Activity at the Queen Lane Apartments site now sees a crane standing taller than the high-rise building. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Crews clearing way for impending Queen Lane Apartments implosion

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is in the midst of prepping Queen Lane Apartments for a seconds-long implosion tentatively slated for the fall. The 16-story high-rise tower must be "hollow" before it…

    • The $5m rehab project (upper left) will house a cluster of apartment dwellers, a non-profit-led residential program and a café. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Neighbors, developer discuss $5M Germantown Avenue project at community meeting

A vacant warehouse in Germantown will soon be home to a cluster of apartment dwellers, a non-profit-led residential program and a café. At a Monday night community meeting not far from…

    • Mt. Airy-based developer Ken Weinstein is soliciting neighborhood opinions regarding the old Germantown Settlement site at 4811 Germantown Ave. (NewsWorks, file art)

Weinstein seeks 'common vision' with residents for Germantown Settlement-property development

Developer Ken Weinstein will meet with residents Tuesday night with hopes of creating a "common vision" around 4811 Germantown Ave., once the address for Germantown Settlement Charter School's campus. Weinstein owns…

    • Construction permits by neighborhood

Gentrification's 'winds of change' the focus of weekend forum in Germantown

For some Philadelphians, gentrification is a dirty word or — at the very least — an eyebrow raiser. As they watch their namesake neighborhood creep towards becoming a "choice" spot for newcomers, the…

    • Ken Weinstein, developer of the former Germantown Settlement Charter School campus, could soon have a new tenant. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Adult daycare likely coming to former Germantown Settlement Charter School campus

An adult daycare center is now on track to become the newest tenant of a five-building complex in southwest Germantown. For-profit Tori's Garden of Eden wants to open the center at…

    • The fate of the Queen Lane Apartments tower in Germantown remains in limbo. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Queen Lane Apartments decision still feeling government-shutdown aftereffects

The fate of Queen Lane Apartments, a shuttered public housing high-rise in Germantown, remains in limbo due to last month's partial government shutdown. During the 16-day standoff, essentially all employees of…

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