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    • Abigail Vare Elementary School

Maryland developers see opportunity in Philly's institutional shells

A group of real estate investors from Bethesda, Maryland, are betting big on Philadelphia schools—the closed ones, anyway. In the next few months, Concordia Group expects to close on a deal…

    • Lynn Williamson and Jim Pecora of the Free Library of Philadelphia at Coleman Library. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

Germantown plans for a summer without a neighborhood library

Members of the Germantown community and library staff  gathered in the meeting room of the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library on Wednesday to come up with a contingency plan for…

    • 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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ABOUT GERMANTOWN

Germantown, named for the German immigrants who settled in the area, is a neighborhood in North West Philadelphia. Although the boundaries of the area seem to continually change, at the time of its induction into Philadelphia, the neighborhood spanned from Wissahickon Avenue to Roberts Avenue, and from Wister Street to Stenton Avenue. The history of Germantown is well preserved from the old buildings, which still line the streets today, to the various monuments that pay tribute to the area’s accomplishments. During the Revolutionary War, Germantown’s main street was filled with both American and British soldiers. The battle left 150 American soldiers and 70 British soldiers dead, the skirmish was later named “The Battle of Germantown”. Germantown was also home to George Washington and his family in 1793, as many people were fleeing to the area as an attempt to avoid yellow fever. By the late 19th century Germantown was a huge industrial area, however by 1940’s and 50’s most of the area’s wealthy, affluent citizens left the area for a more sedated life in the suburbs. Today most of the neighborhood’s historical sites have been preserved thanks to efforts from the Historical Society and the National Park Service. Many of the area’s houses and buildings are open to the public or tour groups throughout the year. Visitors will also enjoy the neighborhood’s plethora of natural scenery as well as modern attractions such as shops and restaurants. 

RESOURCES

Discover Germantown

Germantown Community Connection

Germantown History

Greater Germantown Housing Development Corporation

UPCOMING EVENTS IN GERMANTOWN

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