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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A couple of years ago, Strawberry Mansion activists successfully lobbied SEPTA to remodel, rather than demolish, the old Trolley Depot on Ridge Avenue at 33rd Street near Fairmount Park.
Both the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center and the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corp. won a Community Action Award last April from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for persuading SEPTA to preserve most of the old depot and to use salvaged bricks from the old shed for a new shed.

"They came to us and said: 'This is a landmark. It's part of our heritage. You can't let them take the angels off of 33rd Street," Melissa Jest, of the Preservation Alliance, said of the cherubs carved into the side of the old depot. "They're looking over us.'"

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