Neighborhood News

West Mt. Airy Depends on Transit. Help the Campaign to Close the SEPTA Budget Gap

January 12, 2024

State lawmakers recently passed a budget that leaves SEPTA staring at a $240 million shortfall beginning July 1 — a gap that almost certainly means drastic cuts to bus and rail service. 

Before federal pandemic relief dollars offered a temporary reprieve, the Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail line was first in line for the budgetary chopping block, facing permanent closure. Under the worst-case scenarios, the Chestnut Hill East line and bus frequency would also be curtailed, as soon as this summer. 

Given our neighborhood’s dependence on public transit, we can’t afford to let this happen. We need to press Harrisburg — Assembly members as well as Gov. Josh Shapiro — to fully fund SEPTA with the more than $900 million budget surplus the state is currently projecting. 

One of WMAN’s 2024 priorities was to advocate for restoring full, pre-pandemic service to the Chestnut Hill West line, which serves more than 1,700 riders each weekday. Now, we’re working with other neighborhoods served by the West and East lines to build a coalition to fight to save the line altogether. But we need your help, and we have only until the end of March to make this happen. 

How can you pitch in?

  • Show and tell us your Chestnut Hill West story. Whether you take the train for work, school, or to explore the city, we want to hear about it. Send your tales (and photos!) to or share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #SaveCHW. We’re also building a history of the line, so please share those details too. 
  • Help fund these efforts. Click here to donate so we can create yard signs and other materials to spread the word and build momentum. 

Together, we can close the gap — and build the case for a long-term SEPTA budget that offers Philadelphia the transit system we all need and deserve. Please help us preserve these vital services. 

Christmas Tree Recycling

December 17, 2021

January 2, 2022 12:30 – 3:30 PM at Upsala House

Bring your Christmas tree to Historic Upsala House, 6430 Germantown Avenue, on January 2, any time between 12:30 and 3:30 PM to be recycled.

  • All decorations must be removed from trees
  • Minimum $5 donation per tree
  • Please wear a mask and remain 6 feet apart

This is jointly presented by West Mt Airy Neighbors and East Mt Airy Neighbors.

Volunteers needed to assist that afternoon! Please sign up at

Community Meeting Notice

October 25, 2021

Pending Road Closure

Road Closure Announcement

Greetings Neighbors, 

The Philadelphia Water Department will hold a virtual meeting with members of the community and Councilwoman Bass’s office to provide information about the upcoming construction project and subsequent closure of Cresheim Valley Drive. This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 8th, and will last approximately 6 months. PWD will make a brief presentation, followed by a Q&A to make sure we address any questions and concerns you may have. (see attached letter for more detail)

Topic: Community Meeting /Closure of Cresheim Valley Drive

Time: Oct 27, 2021, 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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WMAN Annual Membership Meeting

June 7, 2021

WMAN Annual Membership Meeting

Please Join Us!

West Mt. Airy Neighbors is hosting its Annual Membership Meeting  


Tuesday, June 15, 2021 via Zoom 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

RSVP in advance for this meeting:


After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Home and Property Safety Workshop

March 30, 2021

Home and Property Safety: Deeds & Tangled Title Workshop | What you need to know! 

Thursday, April 29th at 7:00 PM via Zoom


Please click here to register.

Philly Spring Clean Up Day at Emlen Circle!

March 30, 2021

Join us for Philly Spring Clean Up Day! Bring your gloves and we’ll bring the coffee! 

Help keep Emlen Circle beautiful! Please join us on April 10th, 2021 from 930-noon. 


Please click here to register.

Race Still Matters: Session 5

February 26, 2021

Session 5: Race and Health Inequities: Examining Race as a Public Health Crisis

We’re keeping the conversation going. Join WMAN for part 5 of the Race Still Matters Series as we examine Race as a Public Health Crisis. 

Monday, March 8th at 7:30 PM. 

Please click here to register.

Race Still Matters: Session 2

October 16, 2020

Session 2: Mt. Airy’s Rebirth: Looking Back to the Community’s Renewal in the 1950s and Where We Are Today

Dear neighbors. Please join us on October 27th at 730pm for the second in a series of 8 conversations. Panelists at this event include Abigail Perkiss, Author, Making good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, & Integration in Post-War Philadelphia & Yvonne Haskins, Esq. former WMAN Executive Director and Board Officer. The panel will be moderated by Sam Grannum — COO of New Covenant and WMAN Board Member.

Please click here to register.

Race Still Matters: Renewing Community in Mt. Airy

September 22, 2020

Part 1: Race and the Franchise: Voting as a Key to Overcoming Racial Barriers

Dear neighbors. Please join us on September 24th at 730pm for the first in a series of 8 conversations. Panelists at our first event include Congressman Dwight Evans and David Thornburgh. The panel will be moderated by Sam Grannum — COO of New Covenant.

Please click here to register.

14th District Crime Bulletin 8/17/20-8/23/20

August 24, 2020