Germantown is in the news! Germantown United CDC staff pick your must-reads of the month, with a focus on business, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization news.
- Kenney to focus development on commercial corridors beyond Center City [PlanPhilly] Mayor-elect Jim Kenney says the focus of his administration’s economic development policy will be on neighborhood commercial corridors outside of Center City. Good news for Germantown!
- ‘Revolution starts in Germantown’ with modern public housing on Queen Lane [NewsWorks WHYY]
- Ex-textile mill now houses artists [The Philadelphia Inquirer] Woodworker John Fiorella and his business partner/brother, Mike, have found ways to make this Germantown building as relevant to the community as its predecessor was, using it as their shop and renting out 25 artist’s studio spaces.
- Germantown recording studio allows musicians to follow their dreams on the cheap [NewsWorks WHYY]
- Changing Skyline: Germantown bets its future on revitalized Vernon Park [Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer]
- New arts complex opens in Germantown [Chestnut Hill Local]
- Happy Bread Cafe looks to fill coffee shop void in Germantown [NewsWorks WHYY]
- Wayne Junction station’s makeover revealed [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
- Photos: Improved pathways, lighting and equipment features of renovated Vernon Park in Germantown [NewsWorks WHYY]
- Germantown: Businessman Joe Martin Carries Out His Vision for a More Idyllic Neighborhood [Philadelphia Neighborhoods]
- Germantown residents open Frosted Fox Cake Shop in Lower Mt. Airy at 6511 Germantown Ave [Gtown Radio]
“The ultimate objective is to present a better Germantown.” – Joe Martin, owner of Acclaim Academy
“On the bright fall morning I visited, Vernon Park was performing according to plan. A half-dozen preschoolers dashed around the playground, their parents and caregivers taking in the sunshine. A couple strolled the paths hand-in-hand while a medical assistant walked briskly to do an errand…” – Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Painters and dancers are transforming our Germantown community in the most amazing way. Art is an equalizer. It levels the playing field.” – Jim Hamilton, Rittenhouse Soundworks
“Center City is important to Philadelphia’s health and it always will be, but we cannot ignore the commercial corridors that extend beyond that if we want to have a strong, growing small-business community, a meaningful increase in employment for Philadelphians of color, reduced crime, and a more strong and diversified economy for the long term.” – Mayor-elect Jim Kenney