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    • Jimmie Reed (left) and Jimmy Duran stand in front of 26 Maplewood Mall, before it was transformed into a coffee shop, during happier times. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Little Jimmie's Coffee Co. owners split after realizing 'we wanted to do different things'

Jimmie and Jimmy have parted ways. The business partners who worked together to build Little Jimmie's Bakery Caféin Mt. Airy and Little Jimmie's Coffee Roasters on Maplewood Mall in Germantown…

    • The Queen Lane Apartments tower, as reflected in the windows of nearby Mt. Moriah Church. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Queen Lane Apartments implosion part of PHA's ongoing citywide initiative [video]

The Sept. 13 demolition of the Queen Lane Apartments will be one in a long line of landscape-changing actions by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to replace an aging, obsolete, affordable-housing design.…

    • A 2012 photo of the property that housed New Directions for Women Inc. (NewsWorks, file art)

New Directions for Women's former leaders discuss recent closure, hopes for future

The recently announced closing of New Directions for Women, an organization that helped female offenders re-enter the community, has left a "huge void" in the criminal justice system, according to former…

    • During a March 2012 tour of the property, Ken Weinstein was outside the former Germantown Settlement Charter School's Creative & Performing Arts Center. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Weinstein discusses '$10 million investment in Germantown' at community meeting

In a newly restored and freshly painted former church building at 4811 Germantown Ave., developer Ken Weinstein invited nearby residents to comment Tuesday night on plans for the five buildings he…

    • The Sidamo coffee shop in Washington's H Street Northeast neighborhood.

'Challenges and opportunities' of gentrification discussed at weekend forum in Germantown

To change or not to change: That isn't the question. How to manage the evolution occurring in Germantown in ways that benefit its longtime residents as well as newcomers, that is…

    • Maplewood Mall

Maplewood Mall redesign selections expected in early April amid online local-hire debate

Ten months after the city announced a $2.2 million capital-improvement project for Germantown's Maplewood Mall, a selection is expected early next month on the lead design and engineering firms for the…

    • Max Levy Autography Company building

'Gray Area' discussion series moves on from Germantown

Germantown residents completed an academic exercise on Wednesday night that may have some practical and fascinating implementations for the many historic buildings in their community. Could an old industrial complex be…

    • The source of ongoing neighborhood friction, the city just spruced 5357 Knox St. up for what it hopes is the last time. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

L&I cleans up Germantown spite-blight property for the 11th time

For the neighbors in Germantown — and in the spirit of the season — this is the ongoing story of the "Nightmare on Knox Street." Earlier this month, a crew from the Department…

    • The former Max Levy Autograph Co. building on Roberts Avenue in Germantown

Former Germantown industrial site to house community preservation initiative

A vacant factory in southwest Germantown is the blank canvas for a new historic preservation experiment. The result probably won’t be a particular renovation or reuse plan for the local subject…

    • High Point Wholesale

Can coffee and pastries bring new scent of success to struggling sliver of Germantown Ave.?

Coffee and pastries are becoming an economic engine in Mt. Airy. The opening early next year of a High Point Café wholesale bakery/roastery and a second location for Little Jimmie's Bakery…

    • GSFS demolition site

GSFS considers next steps after demolition at School House Lane and Greene Street

A flat, fenced-in swath of land has appeared at the northwest corner of School House Lane and Greene Street, that busy nexus of three educational institutions: the Pennsylvania School for the…

    • Awbury Arboretum's Agricultural Village.

Neighbors don't like the look or location of Awbury Arboretum's new modular classrooms

The location of a modular structure slated for use as an education center in Awbury Arboretum's Agricultural Village has created a rift with some of the immediate neighbors of the new…

    • Stenton Mansion

Stenton mansion to undergo $800K landscaping 'rejuvenation'

A Germantown property that is central to the history of Pennsylvania is about to get a re-do — one that will reflect 100 years of change at the site, while reconnecting with…

    • Awbury's Francis Cope House

Awbury Arboretum hopes $300K grant leads to sustainable future in Northwest Philly

One of Northwest Philadelphia's largest green resources, Awbury Arboretum, is about to begin an extended season of growth. The 55-acre arborteum at Chew Street and Washington Lane in Germantown learned this…

    • The severe Van Dyke Residence, 150 West Walnut, is also attributed to Samuel Sloan.

Look Up! A gilded age of architecture in the Germantown landscape

The city’s first suburb was a canvas for great design and a variety of 19th century styles.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical…

    • tulpehocken station

Look Up! Train station welcomed residents to city’s first garden suburb

The Tulpehocken Station has been restored, but awaits a new occupant to serve commuters and visitors to Germantown.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

    • The Wyck Historic House was built in the 1700s and modified by William Strickland in 1824. Photos courtesy of Wyck Association.

National grant supports programming at historic Germantown site

One of the oldest residential sites in Germantown and a keystone in the revival of the neighborhood’s commercial corridor has received a national grant to support the growth of its programs.…

    • The carvings on the open loggia include the initial of the home’s original owner.

Look Up! Frank Miles Day mansions nominated to Philadelphia Register

Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on different Philadelphia areas and their distinctive building styles and details,…

    • St. Matthew Baptist Church, 2319 Fitzwater St.

Preservation group issues SOS for 20 sites

When old buildings start to fall through the cracks, Save Our Sites is there to catch them. The organization issues an SOS each year for structures that other preservation groups, and…

    • Overgrowth and vandalism can't conceal the grandeur of the former Nugent Home for Baptists.

Preservation Row: A new chapter opens for West Johnson Street landmarks

West Johnson Street is a straight line through the historic communities of Mount Airy and Germantown, best known for what occurred in October 1777 at Cliveden. That’s where British soldiers successfully…

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