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    • Mayor Nutter, Planning chief Alan Greenberger, developer Ken Weinstein and council member Cindy Bass

Tampering with zoning code led to controversy over Germantown shelter

Last week, city council shelved a piece of legislation designed to patch a loophole in the zoning code that was exploited by, of all entities, the Nutter administration. The bill, introduced…

    • 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…

    • Philadelphia Community Corps is providing first-phase deconstruction of nine vacant homes in Germantown-Logan, just outside the main entrance of La Salle University. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

Nonprofit and Mt. Airy salvage company unite to sustainably reduce Germantown blight

A passion project more than three years in the making is finally underway in Germantown. The Philadelphia Community Corps, a nonprofit that revitalizes blighted neighborhoods by deconstructing houses and salvaging the…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Queen Lane Apartments tower. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

New date set for Queen Lane Apartments implosion

After community outcry, city officials announced a date change for the highly-anticipated demolition of a public-housing high-rise in Germantown.  The Queen Lane Apartments tower, a vacant 16-story building in a residential…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Local IBEW 98 pickets near the Trolley Car Diner. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Opinion: Congresswoman Schwartz, here's a leadership opportunity for you

To Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz: Why is IBEW Local 98 picketing Northwest Philadelphia developer Ken Weinstein’s Trolley Car Diner? Because a union contractor was not able to bid competitively on Weinstein’s…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers & Sailors
Eyes on the Street

Black History Month events for the plannerly

All month long, Philly is buzzing with activities in celebration of Black History Month. We thought we’d highlight a few events that tie in to the built environment. Museum Without Walls:…

    • The contractor was able to reuse much of the original decorative elements on the exterior walls
    • 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…

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