Chris Wink, NEastPhilly got his report out so fast on the meeting last week that it gave me time to digest to event. You can see NEastPhilly coverage here which includes video. There most significant points raised at the meeting to me were:
- The old Frankford Y continues to deteriorate and people who live in that area say it is attracting some bad activity. Barry Howell (president of the Northwood Civic) noted that no progress is being made at turning it into something positive for the community. That is what we all would like. Then he went on to say that if something doesn’t happen he (the Northwood Civic) will be contacting the political representatives to demolish it. With the threat of demolition, it might force those with the power to do something to actually do something.
- Tracy O’Drain of the Frankford CDC was present and spoke about their revitalization efforts on the 4600 block of Frankford Avenue. Barry praised their efforts in that regard and said that revitalization of Frankford Avenue is important to Northwood.
- Barry announced that next month nominations for office in the Northwood Civic will be conducted with elections at the November meeting. He said that there is a need for some new people to step up and take leadership positions. The present leadership, including himself, would like to take a break.
Next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association meeting will be on Tuesday, October 18th.