Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Fattah reflects on landslide victory in U.S. Rep. race

Tuesday’s general election handed President Barack Obama a second term in office. But it also secured a 10th term for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Philadelphia). NewsWorks caught up with the longtime congressman, who will continue to represent parts of Mt. Airy, Germantown and Roxborough, about his latest victory and what he’ll focus on as he moves forward. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

Be sure to also take a look back at our all-day Election Day coverage on Tuesday.

2. Live from Relish, Northwest Philly’s Election Day political hotspot

The West Oak Lane mainstay has slowly, but surely, become a popular place for politicians and city officials to gather on Election Day. The crowd on Tuesday, not surprisingly, included a number of representatives from the Northwest, including State Rep. Dwight Evans and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Mayor Michael Nutter stopped by for some lunch, too. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more about the afternoon scene at the neighborhood restaurant.

3. Germantown woman casts the ballot she would have been denied if voter ID requirement was enacted

Longtime resident Wilola Lee was happy and relieved after she cast her ballot on Tuesday. Had the state’s controversial voter ID law remained on the books for the election, Lee would have likely been disenfranchised. Without her birth certificate, she hasn’t been able to obtain a valid ID under the law. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

4. A cartoonist’s eye view of Election Day locally

Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist Tony Auth hit the streets on Election Day to bring us scenes of polling places and voters mulling over candidate lists. In his travels, he stopped by two stations in Roxborough. Check out his slideshow to see the momentous day captured in a way traditional photos and words simply don’t.

5. As Bakers Centre rises, a look toward what’s next for Allegheny West and a call to develop the city’s other ‘food deserts’

Progress on the 30-acre Bakers Centre site at the corner of Fox St. and Roberts Ave. is moving along. Anchored by a 71,000 square-foot supermarket, developers see the Centre as an important step in improving the neighborhood and spurring further development. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.

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