News Roundup: November 4, 2016

News Roundup

'Peoplehood' parade in West Philly pits community power against oppression

Spiral Q's annual march for social justice through community activism wound through the streets of West Philadelphia on Saturday led by the group's signature giant puppets.

Board member Katrina Clark kicked off the 17th annual Peoplehood parade with a call to solidarity. Read more.

The long process of opening a grocery cooperative in Kensington is (probably) ending soon

It pays to befriend your local politician.

Kensington Community Food Co-op (KCFC) knows. Last week, the 780-member, community-owned grocery store announced its receipt of a $350,000 grant from the City of Philadelphia — effectively cutting its funding gap in half and bumping up its estimated open date — thanks to help from Councilman Mark Squilla and the Department of Commerce.

“It’s definitely a big deal,” said Peter Frank, VP of KCFC and executive director of Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. Read more.

Can Philly afford to maintain its huge, aging mural collection?

For 30 years, Frank Washington, the late Germantown native and Harlem Globetrotter, had watched over the intersection of Wayne and Chelten avenues. People had grown attached.

But the wall bearing his portrait recently required extensive repairs, and the likeness was no more. Read more

You pay what you can at the new EAT Cafe in West Philadelphia

Many Philadelphians cannot afford a quality meal.

West Philadelphia's EAT Cafe, premiering Oct. 26 in a rowhouse at 3820 Lancaster Ave., is designed to address that issue. Four evenings a week, EAT will offer tasty, nutritious dinners. When the check comes, patrons may pay whatever they wish. Read more.

West Philly Gucci House Narrowly Avoids Demolition

In the early summer of 2011, someone noticed that the residents of a building on North 50th Street in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia had decorated their house with an excellent paint job — the trademark green-and-red stripe of Gucci, with a slightly altered version of the interlocking “G” pattern found on Gucci products. Photos of the house floated around the Internet. Read more