“Germantown United” In Dreams


  • NewsWorks spotlights Germantown United CDC, an emergent group—born from the outcry over the Chelten Plaza project— that promises to be more proactive than reactive, fostering a collective attitude of dreamers. “One tangible goal is the eventual creation of a master plan for the area from Wayne Junction to Johnson Street, from Chew Avenue to Wissahickon Avenue, [board president John] Churchville said. An inaugural panel discussion will be held tonight from 7 to 9:30, at the Germantown Friends School’s Yarnell Auditorium (31 West Coulter Street).
  • The Daily News introduces “The Howl,” a monthly newsletter that provides neighborhoods with the resources to manage quality-of-life issues. It will also feature an engaged organization or collection of citizens that highlights what a community can expect from such an active approach.
  • According to a new study from NYU’s Mitchell Moss and Carson Qing, the super commuter is on the rise in American metro areas. By Moss and Qing’s definition, some 7.3% of Philadelphia’s workforce may be considered a “super commuter,” with a rate of growth from 2002 to 2009 of 50%.
  • Next American City reports on the findings of a survey tracking Philadelphians’ regard for their current tax rates in light of received municipal services. While a usual balanced delineation has begun to sway heavier toward the side of “taxed enough already,” the study also shows that more city residents could stand higher rates if services were better, and not merely more abundant.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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