In Mt. Airy, It Takes A Village To Keep The Village [PHOTO ESSAY]

A SEPTA train on the Chestnut Hill West line crosses Mt Pleasant Avenue as it is on its way to Center City. The trestle is part of the Mural Arts Program and made possible with support of Mt Airy residents, (including Ken Weinstein). - See more at: http://whyy.org/cms/everyzip/zip-photo-essay-in-mt-airy-it-takes-a-village-to-keep-the-village-19119/#sthash.Q360f7DJ.dpuf
A SEPTA train on the Chestnut Hill West line crosses Mt Pleasant Avenue as it is on its way to Center City. The trestle is part of the Mural Arts Program and made possible with support of Mt Airy residents, (including Ken Weinstein). (©2016, Bastiaan Slabbers)

When we moved from the Netherlands to Philadelphia six years ago, my wife and I first landed in Fishtown. It’s a nice neighborhood if you are young, but for us, eventually, Mt. Airy in Northwest Philly beckoned.

“Mt Airy is that front license plate, with a smile face, that says ‘I like Mt Airy’”, says West Mt Airy resident Bradley Maule.

We, with our two-year-old son, live on a great multi-cultural and multi-national block, populated by several families with young children. Everything is nearby: the main retail district, a playground, the public library and two SEPTA lines into Center City are all only a stone’s throw away. Oh, and not to mention arguably Mt. Airy’s best asset access to one of the largest urban park systems in the U.S.

East Mt Airy resident Stephen “Woowoo” Woolson (with blue cap, seen standing in middle of Germantown Avenue) enjoys Mt Airy Day with family. (©2016, Bastiaan Slabbers)
East Mt Airy resident Stephen “Woowoo” Woolson (with blue cap, seen standing in middle of Germantown Avenue) enjoys Mt Airy Day with family. (©2016, Bastiaan Slabbers)

Recently, the 46th annual Mt. Airy Day was upon us – the neighborhood’s celebration of diversity in the community. It offers a great opportunity to mingle with residents and learn about what goes on in the neighborhood.

Check my photo essay over at Every ZIP Philadelphia and find out what some of my neighbors had to say.