ANYONE INTERESTED in learning the true meaning of perseverance should spend some time in southwest Germantown.
After years of attending meetings, making phone calls and lobbying the city, community organizers have succeeded in bringing the neighborhood under the fold of the PhillyRising Collaborative.
The collaborative, an idea from the Managing Director's Office, seeks to combat quality-of-life issues in crime-ridden neighborhoods by working closely with area organizations.
Organizations like the Southwest Central Lower Germantown Civic Association, run by Allison Weiss.
"This is a way to help us to follow through with what we're trying to do, to make it a reality," Weiss said of the neighborhood's addition to PhillyRising. "I don't think it's an answer or an end; I think it's a start to bringing people together, of trying to see what we can do to make the community clean, green and safe."