Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week:

1. Turrell Skyspace, pairing light and space, set to open to the public

It’s taken some time, but the centerpiece of a brand new meeting house in Chestnut Hill is finally complete. Worshipers and the public will soon have the opportunity to enjoy what the opening in the roof reveals at sunrise and sunset. Check out Peter Crimmins’ and Jana Shea’s story for more details.

2. Photo exhibit opening this week chronicles the ‘decline and destruction’ of Philly public schools

Twenty four city schools were shuttered this summer as a result of the Philadelphia School District’s ongoing financial crisis. This week, a photo exhibit opened in West Philadelphia that focuses on the students, staff and neighborhoods tied to those buildings, including Germantown High School and Robert Fulton Elementary. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

3. Proposed revisions to Walnut Lane Bridge project announced

Last year, PennDOT announced plans to completely overhaul the Walnut Lane Bridge, a critical span that directly links Roxborough to Mt. Airy. During a Tuesday night meeting, project officials made another announcement regarding a traffic circle that sits just beyond the bridge. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

4. Phila. U students meet with residents to discuss visions for Germantown’s future

Six groups of students from the East Falls-based university have been tasked with creating “eco-district” plans for the historic neighborhood. During a meeting this week, they presented some of their initial ideas to a packed room, including concepts for the streets around Vernon Park and the freshly-shuttered Germantown High School building. Check out Alaina Mabaso’s story for more details.

5. Weavers Way celebrates 40 years

The Northwest Philadelphia mainstay celebrated a big birthday this weekend on the grounds of the Cliveden estate in Germantown. Check Jana Shea’s story to learn more.


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