Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Update: Brady joins Manayunk leaders in seeking to undo nixing of 2013 bike race

Pro Cycling Tour officials announced this week that the organization had cancelled the 2013 edition of the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, an event with a 28-year history. The news didn’t sit well with residents, Mayor Nutter or U.S. Rep. Bob Brady. Check out our story for more details (and stay tuned for future developments).

2. Archaeological dig at Germantown Potter’s Field site will not start before March

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Residents will have to wait a bit longer to learn the true boundaries of the African-American burial ground, a piece of information that could compromise the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans to demolish Queen Lane Apartments and replace it with new units. Now that winter has settled in, the ground is too frozen to excavate for human remains. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story for more details.

3. Weavers Way Co-op pleased urban farming provision removed from City Council bill

Last fall, City Councilman Brian O’Neill introduced a bill aimed at amending parts of the city’s new zoning code. Among the proposed changes was a provision that would require some urban farms and community gardens to obtain a zoning variance to operate. Advocates, including Weavers Way, strongly protested. Check out Lane Blackmer’s story to learn more.

4. Charter-school expansion plans, supermarket appeal the focus of Chew and Washington development meeting

The busy Germantown intersection may be the site of some substantial change if two large development projects move forward. The Wissahickon Charter School is looking to add a new campus. Bottom Dollar Food wants to open a new supermarket in the area as well. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.

5. Rock of all ages: At Settlement, adults get chance at ‘rock school’

Settlement Music School is best known for teaching kids about classical and jazz music. This month, the school expanded its scope to include rock music for adults. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more about the 10-week program.

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