South Philly Food Co-op Is One Step Closer to Opening

Photo by Michael Ermilio

The South Philadelphia Food Co-op — a member-owned retail grocery store and community hub in East Passyunk — has been in the works since 2010.

While there’s no projected opening date yet, the co-op kicked off a $1 million capital campaign to fund the store’s completion and startup costs back in May. And today, they announced that they’re already a third of the way to their goal.

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East Passyunk Is Getting a Fried Chicken Spot

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Is a fried chicken boom building in Philly?

First, Love & Honey Fried Chicken opens to sellout crowds in Northern Liberties. Now, chef Adam Volk is bringing Redcrest Fried Chicken to the corner where 11th and Cross Streets meet Passyunk Avenue.

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Support Refugees and Immigrants at Saté Kampar’s Can’t-Miss Dinner Series

Photo courtesy of Muhibbah Dinners

South Philadelphia, with its diverse immigrant and refugee populations and a tight-knit community of forward-thinking chefs and restaurateurs, has become ground zero for the dining industry’s grassroots movement in support of immigration reform in Philly.

Chefs Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller of South Philly Barbacoa have organized chefs, workers, and eaters around the right to work. And now, Saté Kampar chef Ange Branca is raising funds to support the city’s immigrant and refugee communities with a family-style series of Muhibbah Dinners.

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Common Threads in This Year’s Rouse Award Residential Finalists

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year's Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year’s Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council announced the finalists for this year’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence last week, and five of the 14 finalists fall into the residential category, at least in part.

And it’s that “at least in part” part that’s one of the most significant common threads connecting the five projects. The message these projects deliver is one that urbanists, developers and planners have all been hammering home in one way or another for more than a decade now: Single-use is out, multitasking is in. (Toll Brothers, please copy.)

Not even the most residential of the five projects is exclusively residential, and that project has many other features that make it a standout. Read more »

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