Green Guides

  • Introducing their  “Sustainable Communities in Action” series, Grid Magazine is showcasing the efforts of “Sustainable 19125.” Launched in January 2009 by the New Kensington CDC, this eco-friendly community initiative has accomplished much in its short existence, including: a $45 million “Big Green Block” with the country’s first LEED Platinum High School, a stormwater collection system that allows for 90% of runoff to be given to the Water Department, and discernible increases in public transit use in the area.
  • While he works in a garden by Martin Luther King High School, Chris Bolden-Newsome styles himself a “food justice educator,” promoting community power to be harvested from local produce.
  • Yesterday Mayor Nutter helped to announce Hilton’s new $60 million project, “Home2 Suites” on 12th & Arch. The city has promised $12 million in its effort to meet increased demand due to last year’s Convention Center expansion. It is expected to be ready by summer 2013.
  • October is Philadelphia Archeology Month. On the first of the month, the Constitution Center will host a free, daylong gathering of area archaeologists, discussing important finds in the city during the past year.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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