Top 4 stories to watch for in Northwest Philadelphia

 Once heralded as a 'tipping point' for Germantown revitalization, windows at the Citibank branch in Chelten Plaza are now papered over. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Once heralded as a 'tipping point' for Germantown revitalization, windows at the Citibank branch in Chelten Plaza are now papered over. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Here’s a look at stories we’ll be covering in Northwest Philadelphia this upcoming week:

1. Next Sunday, Philly Cycling Classic racers will cruise along a 12-mile circuit that hugs the Schuylkill River and goes through Manayunk, East Falls and Fairmount Park. Spectators and cyclists alike will flock to the course, including some familiar faces who have been a part of the event for more than two decades. Check back next week for our full coverage of the event.

2. Nearly 30 elaborate bird houses are on display at the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill as part of a walking tour across the 92-acre garden. They range from miniature homes with detailed shutters and sidings to dwellings cut out of logs. Check back next week for a story about the tour.

3. Neri de Kramer, a food anthropologist, is conducting a study to explore middle-class citizens’ eating habits. The study will be conducted in Mt. Airy, Germantown and East Falls. Check back next week for more details.

4. After becoming Germantown’s first new full-service branch in two decades, Citibank’s location in Chelten Plaza has closed. We’ve talked to folks who saw the bank as a key to neighborhood revitalization about what they think of the March closure. Check back next week as we explore what this means for the area.

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