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Welcome to the new website of West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN)

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Thank you!




Letter of Support from WMAN to District Superintendent Kim Newman

In response to concerns from our neighbors, WMAN's Board of Directors unanimously voted to issue a statement of support to Henry H. Houston Elementary School's first and fifth grade classes, which may be negatively impacted by the annual "leveling" process set to take place in October. To read our statement to Dr. Kim Newman, our District Superintendent, in full, click this link.

We encourage all neighbors who feel strongly about this process to write to Dr. Newman to vocally support Houston Elementary.

Councilwoman, Cindy Bass, proposes Bill 180751: Zoning overlay prohibiting new daycare (including in home) and vehicle and vehicle sales and services retailers across the 8th District.

See the bill in full by clicking here.

To express your support or concern for this matter, you may contact Councilwoman Bass at City Hall or her District Office: 215-686-3424 or 215-685-9182.

STREETSCAPES: Fall Planting Nov. 17

The Streetscapes fall planting will take place on November 17 - details are forthcoming. Applications for street trees to be planted in spring, 2019 are available now. Please contact Louise Hayes by emailing wmatrees@gmail.com.

The next Streetscapes meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, September 26 at 615 W. Mt. Airy Avenue at 7pm.

Update from Streetscapes Committee:

"Hi All,

Hope you have all had a good summer and have ben able to stay cool. Streetscapes work has been ongoing, as the photos below show, but it is time to have an official gathering to plan for the Fall Bare Root Street Tree Planting (Saturday, November 17th) and to discuss possible fall and winter events. A Streetscapes meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 26th at 7 PM, 615 W. Mt. Airy Ave. We need you and we would love to see you.

Doris Kessler, Carol Graeber, Louise Hayes, Mia Mengucci and Vivian Rowe

WMAN Streetscapes Committee"

Check out pictures of the work that was done this summer below!

Emlen Circle

This small group of neighbors tending to Emlen Circle (Carol Graeber, Rick Hock, Allyson Katzman, Dick Kessler and Doris Kessler) has been able to keep the circle in top form with the help of Adamow Lawn Services. It has never looked better!

Monarch caterpillars!

We are delighted that monarch caterpillars have come for meals!

Mt. Airy Gateway

Spring planting at the Gateway included swamp milkweed (asclepias incarnata), some of which was donated by neighbor, John Janick of Good Host Plants.

Got a green thumb?

Please be sure to renew your WMAN membership and also contact our Streetscapes committee chair by email.


The Phila2035: Upper Northwest Draft Plan available for public comments until September 21, 2018. A PDF of the Draft is available below.

You can view proposed zoning changes from this link.

For more information and to sign up for the Planning Commission's newsletter visit their website: https://www.phila2035.org/upper-northwest


JOB OPPORTUNITY: WMAN Executive Director

Read the job description below (2 pages). Send your cover letter and resume to personnel@wman.net. Best of luck!

WMAN is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Opportunity: Executive Director, WMAN

PGW Pipeline Improvement Project affecting 7600 Germantown Ave

A message from PGW Director of Public Affairs Melanie McCottry

19119 Pipeline Improvement (Germantown Avenue)

Philadelphia Gas Works’ contractors are scheduled to replace underground natural gas pipeline in your zip code at the following locations: Project Number: 4x – 4931 • 7600 Germantown Avenue TO VIEW MAP and learn what to expect: https://worksites.pgworks.com/home/4X-4931

Construction Hours: Daily work hours are based on the City’s posted hours of operation; Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; or 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for specific sections.

We appreciate your cooperation as we work every day to improve the safety and reliability of natural gas service delivery in Philadelphia. If you have questions, contact our Public Affairs office at feedback@pgworks.com. Thank you, Philadelphia Gas Works

Lincoln Dr. Construction Info

Temporary, Single Lane Closures Beginning the Week of June 11

for Lincoln Drive Restoration Project

Night Work Detour Continues between Ridge and Wayne

Beginning the week of June 11, construction will require the use of temporary, single lane closures between Wayne and Wissahickon Avenues during the off-peak hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Temporary single lane closures will be scheduled, as required, throughout the week by the contractor.

Night time closures along Lincoln Drive will continue between Ridge Avenue and Wayne Avenue allowing for the installation of a new sewer at Harvey Street as well as work in the southern section of the roadway. During the overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., motorists using Lincoln Drive should expect to be detoured between Ridge Avenue and Wayne Avenue. Because the work will involve full closures of the roadway, motorists traveling both north and south will need to use Ridge Avenue and Walnut Lane as an alternate route.

For the majority of the project, two inbound lanes will be maintained for the morning peak hour traffic and two outbound lanes will be maintained during the evening peak hour traffic. Night work from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. will involve full closures of the roadway during the overnight hours with signed detour routes in place. Because of the nature of the work there will be some overnight and weekend closures of the drive and there also may be some additional lane closures during peak hours. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The Streets Department thanks the citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during the upcoming construction phase. Stay updated on the progress of the Lincoln Drive Restoration Project at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/transportation/lincoln-drive-project.

Completion of the project requires day and night work throughout the project:

  • Work taking place between the hours of 6am and 9pm is expected to have minimal impact on traffic flow.
  • Temporary, single lane closures will be permitted during off-peak daytime hours, 9am to 3pm, within the work area, north of Wissahickon Avenue.
  • Travel lanes will remain fully open to traffic during morning and evening rush hours.

The project also includes traffic improvements, such as traffic signal mast arms and poles, at all five signalized intersections along this section of Lincoln Drive and at the intersection of Rittenhouse Street & Wissahickon Avenue. Finally, the Philadelphia Water Department will replace a storm water sewer at Harvey Street, as part of the project.

Have you seen our new logo?

Designed by West Mt. Airy resident, Kate Medaglia, the archway was inspired by the arches often found on the facades of our historic homes, while the colors and varying sizes of the each part represent our diversity. We could not be happier with the final outcome and encourage all to stop by our Online Store to pick up some WMAN merchandise.

Interested in volunteering?

Whether you love planning fundraisers, networking & meeting new people, or would like to help with marketing and running successful neighborhood events, use this form to sign up and a member of our Board will be in touch.

We can use all the help we can get!