NLNA 40th Anniversary

Oct 21, 2016

The neighborhood of Northern Liberties has been a hotbed of activity for years, and it continues to accelerate. This past April, ranked it the 23rd fastest growing community in the U.S.

Among all the changing faces, one organization has been there through it all, the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association. The NLNA is a wonderful mix of residents who’ve been in the neighborhood for decades, as well as those newly settled. They all have the same goals in common, that through all the changes their neighborhood will face, Northern Liberties will continue to openly discuss neighborhood improvements, neighborhood safety, and keeping the streets and parks clean and beautiful.

This week the NLNA celebrated their 40th anniversary with a special ground breaking event, and I was fortunate enough to attend. In addition to a birthday cake, there was a ceremony to unveil the new plans for a community pavilion and gathering space that will be built using funds awarded to them by Penn Treaty Special Services District.

The space was designed, on a pro bono basis, by architects Kieran Timberlake, as well as landscape designers, engineers, consultants and lawyers, who have all worked with the NLNA in the past. In addition, Michael Garden group client Callahan Ward will be donating both funds and construction management expertise to the project. Among the Who’s Who that were there to break ground, were Congressman Bob Brady, Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilman Mark Squilla, City Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, and Former Councilman Frank DiCicco.

It goes without saying that change is inevitable, and for some that comes with mixed emotions. Longtime resident and president of the NLNA stated, “A lot of how I think about Northern Liberties is joy, but a lot of it is coming to terms with grief over what we’ve lost.”

However, with communication and understanding, we can face the future without forgetting our ideals of the past. I look forward to seeing the neighborhood continue to unfold, and I’m sure the NLNA will be there to help insure that the future continues to be bright.

Michael Garden

Michael Garden


Michael’s real estate practice is focused on quality properties in established and developing neighborhoods that offer all the desirable amenities of urban living. Rittenhouse Square to Queen Village, Kensington to Passyunk, and great outlying communities such as Chestnut Hill and Spruce Hill are all within his domain.

Michael ventured into real estate in New York in the 1990’s developing residential and small business commercial properties as an investor, contractor, and end user. In 2005 he moved to Philadelphia and began working with individuals, couples, families, and investors to achieve their real estate goals. Since then, Michael has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, our changing market conditions, and how to position each deal. He has an inherent ability to understand his client’s motivation, tastes, and bottom line, making him in an invaluable asset to each transaction. Michael’s attention to detail and his sensitivity to the interests of all involved parties are redefining buyer’s and seller’s expectations, one client at a time.