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    • Jimmie Reed stand inside Little Jimmie's Bake House. Renovations are nearly complete and he plans to open next month. (Jana Shea/ for NewsWorks)

Little Jimmie's to open old-fashioned style bakery across the street from original location

Mix a plan to eradicate blight with major investment, fold in one man's dream for business growth and bake for two years. What recipe for the struggling south end of Mt.…

    • A shot of Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. (Jana Shea/for NewsWorks, file)

$1.1 million state grant aims to better connect Northwest Philly

Mt. Airy USA, a local community development corporation dedicated to neighborhood revitalization projects, is in the early stages of what it is calling the Connecting & Building Philadelphia's Safest Corridors project,…

    • Susan Dannenberg, board chair of the Friends of the Cresheim Trail, points out the nine-mile project already many years in the planning and building stages / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Plans for 9-mile trail through Wissahickon stumble over section of Germantown Avenue

The Philadelphia region currently has several hundred miles of trails and spurs, where hikers, runners and bikers can travel along the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the Wissahickon and its tributaries, and…

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ABOUT EAST MOUNT AIRY

Mt. Airy, named after a 47-acre country estate, is a neighborhood in the Germantown/Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. The neighborhood spans from Creshein Valley to the Wissahickon Gorge and from Germantown Avenue to Stenton Avenue. The original estate belonged to William Allen, a chief justice in Pennsylvania as well as one of the wealthiest men in the colony in 1750. The surrounding area eventually took the name of the famous mansion and the name has stuck ever since. In 1777, George Washington and the Revolutionary War arrived on Mt. Airy’s doorstep. The Battle of Germantown in this area left 152 American soldiers and 70 British dead within a matter of days. In the early 19th century, the area was mostly farmland. However, by late 19th century, houses had replaced the farms and eventually transformed the area into the urban neighborhood we know today. This neighborhood’s diverse heritage can be dated back to its earliest inhabitants, the Lenni-Lenape Indians and later to a group of German-Dutch immigrants. Today the neighborhood still cherishes its eclectic culture as well as its deep colonial roots. Residents who call Mt. Airy’s tree-lined streets home appreciate the area’s well regarded schools, diverse shopping along Germantown Avenue, and its numerous churches and other cultural hotspots.   

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East Mt. Airy Neighbors Association

West Mt. Airy Neighbors Association

Mt. Airy USA Community Page

Mt. Airy Business Association

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