Co-Living In South Kensington

 

Alex Hillman proudly standing in front of K’House, on Hope Street in South Kensington | Photo: Hillary Petrozziello, for Philadelphia City Paper

Alex Hillman proudly standing in front of K’House, on Hope Street in South Kensington | Photo: Hillary Petrozziello, for Philadelphia City Paper

  • In what will most unfortunately be its penultimate edition, Philadelphia City Paper considers co-working space Indy Hall co-founder Alex Hillman’s collaboration with Postgreen Homes on K’House (pronounced Ka-house), South Kensington’s first (and Philly’s first official) co-house, wondering what makes this approach different from similar projects of the past. Hillman, who has raised $100,000 thus far, envisions more of “co-living” arrangement, a variation popular in Silicon Valley that does not eschew traditional ownership. As writer Andrew Zaleski sums it up, “it’s the aesthetic of co-housing stripped of the ethos.”
  • As of now, over 3,500 people have signed Point Breeze resident Jake Liefer’s online petition since Sunday night that urges the presumptive next mayor of Philadelphia to espouse “a new tradition of reclaiming public streets for people in Philadelphia” with three weekends set aside next summer for “Open Streets PHL.” What’s more, Liefer goes on, the pope’s inadvertent urbanist blessing this weekend can be improved upon. Without many of those deleterious logistical concerns, businesses in the affected area could be included and primed months in advance. “We’re confident Open Streets can be an opportunity for neighborhood businesses to meet new customers and generate new business.”
  • Geekadelphia brings us up to speed on BirdPhilly, a new organization whose goal “is to increase interest and awareness of Philadelphia’s wildlife, including birds.” This will be done with excursions, usually free, led by binocular and telescope totting experts. For a full listing of hikes and sits (which values species identification to geographic exploration), click HERE.
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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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