And then there was one! Among 16 Philadelphia neighborhoods, Germantown has been crowned the Best Neighborhood of the Year by Curbed readers.

The historic neighborhood of Germantown has come a long way in its long history. It’s one of Philly’s oldest neighborhoods, and its historically significant sites dating back to the American Revolutionary War are neighbors to Germantown’s mom and pop shops and newer retailers and restaurants.

The historic neighborhood in Northwest Philly has also seen an interest in revitalization, with programs like JumpStart Germantown launching to help first-time developers work on smaller rehab projects throughout the area, while the community recently rallied to win grant money to restore its African American landmarks located along the Germantown Avenue corridor. Even bigger changes are afoot with the redevelopment of nearly a dozen properties around the Wayne Junction station.

We’re a little verklempt. Congratulations, people of Germantown! You’ve got grit, determination, and awe-inspiring character and community spirit, not to mention countless neighborhood treasures. Go, Germantown!

The final round of this competition was a real barn burner. A tip of the hat to the folks in Mt. Airy for the friendly fight, especially Mt. Airy USA, West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN), and East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN). We love our Northwest neighbors, and look forward to your continued partnership in 2018 and beyond. Read the full story >>