Alan Jaffe is a freelancer covering stories about Northwest Philadelphia development, zoning and historic preservation for NewsWorks. He also currently writes the "Look Up!" column about historic architecture and preservation issues for PlanPhilly. By day, he is the communications director for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He is also the author of "J. Chein & Co.: A Collector's Guide to an American Toymaker." When he is not writing, Alan is hunting for antique toys — mainly tin wind-ups — or riding his bike up and down the Schuylkill.

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