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Upper Roxborough

    • Andrew Langsam's three-story, 19th-century twins represent the flash point between the owner and the local civic group. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Roxborough curb-cut controversy riles community group

It all comes down to a curb cut and a paved-over yard, but this story is really about how things get done in the city of Philadelphia. On a steep block…

    • Visual summary of Lower Northwest input, Wissahickon Gateway

"Protect our character!" Lower Northwest District Plan taking shape

Community participants tell planners they want to sustain open space and housing styles and density, fill in the gap in the Schuylkill Trail, focus commercial development and move a transit center.…

    • Lower Northwest: A different kind of vacancy. Courtesy PCPC

In Lower Northwest Philadelphia, a different kind of vacancy

In rural Shawmont Valley, the empty spaces aren't abandoned houses or factories, but former agricultural land. The Lower Northwest District Plan will look at preservation. Other issues in the district that…



Upper Roxborough is just north of Manayunk, and is bordered by Wissahickon Valley Park to the east, Ace Golf Club to the north, Umbria Street to the west, and Parker Ave and Gorgas Lane to the south. The two main roads, Ridge Ave and Henry Ave run parallel to each other and bisect the community running North-South. Ridge Ave is the commercial spine of the neighborhood where most businesses are located within walking distance to the residents. The neighborhood is largely suburban with large lawns, garages, and shopping centers. Included in Upper Roxborough is a historic district that includes a number of small scale farm and industrial workers' housing, estate houses, mill-owners' dwellings, farm buildings.


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