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April 1, 2016
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Volunteer in Germantown at the Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 9

The Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday, 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. citywide (rescheduled from April 9)! In Germantown there will be a huge presence felt all over the neighborhood with over a dozen official projects registered! Join Germantown United CDC and Penn Knox Neighborhood Association’s cleanup of the lower Germantown business district. Volunteers will clean the grounds of the historic Trinity Lutheran Church at 5300 Germantown Avenue and the stretch of Germantown Avenue between Penn Street and Seymour Street. Learn more about our project and many others in Germantown!

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May 15, 2015
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Re-imagining Maplewood Mall Festival, a “Germantown Renaissance” is Saturday, May 30th

The 3rd annual spring Re-imagining Maplewood Mall Festival will take place on Maplewood Mall (between Germantown Avenue and Greene Streets) on Saturday, May 30th (rain date June 6th), from 12pm to 5:00pm. This free event will offer live music, food from restaurants in and around the Mall (Flower Café, K&J Caribbean, and Little Jimmies), locally made arts and crafts vendors, and entertainment for children.

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February 26, 2015
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Tickets Going Fast! Attend GUCDC’s Annual Fundraiser on May 7th: For the Love of Germantown!

For the Love of Germantown! is an annual fundraiser supporting Germantown United CDC’s important work to revitalize Germantown. The event is held at the Oaks Cloisters, a lavish and truly unique landmark in Germantown. More than 250 attendees are expected to attend, representing Germantown and its surrounding neighborhoods such as Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Manayunk, and East Falls. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., President of Philadelphia University and Co-Founder and previous owner of Jiffy Lube International. Join us on Thursday, May 7th to support our work and celebrate with food, music, and history.

GUCDC Hosts Meeting on National Main Street Model

As a result of our annual Board Retreat in October of this past year, Germantown United CDC (GUCDC) decided to adopt the National Main Street model as a way to guide our work as the commercial corridor manager. The Main Street Approach, a 4 point strategy to revitalize commercial corridors through community input and collaboration, was developed by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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January 30, 2015
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YWCA Building: Watch Video From the Jan. 22 Community Meeting

We would like to thank all who attended the meeting about the redevelopment of the YWCA Building including Brian Abernathy from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), Councilwoman Cindy Bass, and all the presenters, including members of the community, Center in the Park, Mission First Housing, and Philly Office Retail. From the meeting about the YWCA, we learned that an expedited L&I building inspection was being requested by PRA and the Councilwoman’s office. As soon as we learn the results we will publish it on this site. If you missed the meeting or want to revisit the conversation, watch the complete video of the event and view the agenda after the jump.

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January 17, 2015
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Community Meeting on the YWCA Building: Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:30pm at FUMCOG

Germantown United CDC (“GU”) recently learned that the old YWCA building on Germantown Avenue, adjacent to Vernon Park, may be threatened with demolition. Please join us and other community groups, including Germantown Community Connection, for a meeting at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (“FUMCOG”) on January 22, 2015, 6:30pm, to hear about the threat to this significant historic centerpiece in Germantown’s “Town Center” and the proposal on the table that may save it.

May 27, 2014
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Stone Soup

 STONE SOUP; a cross cultural folk tale about collaboration In the story, villagers learn that when everyone contributes just a little of what they have, …

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May 17, 2014
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Notes from the The BIG G

NOTES + VIDEO FROM THE BIG G COMMUNITY FORUM If you were not able to attend our 2014 Community Forum on Gentrification, you can watch …

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April 27, 2014
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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 …

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April 7, 2014
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The BIG G: Gentrification in Germantown

“The Big G: Gentrification in Germantown: How it works, and for whom?” A blue-ribbon panel will be moderated by Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic …