Education: Communal Table

The supermarket on 48th Street (between Spruce and Pine) has been vacant for almost a decade. But, thanks to $1.5 million in federal grants, the Enterprise Community Development Corporation is ready to break ground on the Center for Culinary Enterprise, the first food incubator of its kind in the nation, dedicated to training and employing local chefs starting in high school.
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Gift Guide: Savory

Who needs another necktie or instantly-outdated gadget? Edible gifts are among the most sustainable you can give, especially when they’re crafted by local artisans using local ingredients. Whether you’re looking for something spicy and savory or sweet and satisfying, Grid’s Holiday Gift Guide is here to help. And, as an added bonus, Marisa McClellan has turned her expertise to exquisite homemade treats for the foodies on your list.
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Media: Hope Beneath Our Feet

In the introduction to Hope Beneath Our Feet, editor Martin Keogh discusses the birth of his son, and how it led to some uncomfortable questions: If the environment is really as damaged and unfixable as facts and figures suggest, how do we go on? He looked to writers and activists from around the world for answers, and wove this collection from their responses.
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Urban Naturalist: Masked Menace

The fat raccoon waddled down the sidewalk like he owned it, offering no indication that he viewed the human walking behind him as any threat at all. I followed slowly for a minute, enacting a surprising level of decorum—“After you! No, take your time!” Eventually, it slipped through the short fence around the triangular pocket park at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and 46th Street and into the bushes.
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Holiday 2010: Birds of Paradise

If you’re making your holiday turkey selection based on personality, then a heritage breed Red Bourbon is probably the way to go. As we approached their enclosure at Griggstown Quail Farm in Princeton, NJ, the colorful birds moseyed on over to say hello. They gobble-gobbled, the males fluffed their feathers into that familiar crown (an embellished childhood hand come to life), and the army of birds intently followed our path as we traversed to a dry patch of land.
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Green Building: A Fine Vintage

Developer Anthony B. Miles grew up in the city’s Francisville neighborhood. “As a little child, I saw how vibrant the commercial corridor was,” he recalls. “There was a farmers’ market and local mom-and-pop businesses, and it was really safe.” Miles hopes to reinvigorate the community with the Vineyards, an ambitious LEED Platinum development featuring 60 residential units.
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Education: School Spirit

Mark Alan HughesPhilly loves a good rivalry. There’s Mets versus Phillies. Eagles versus Giants. Pat’s versus Geno’s. South Philly Vikings versus the Shooting Stars. So, can our competitive spirit help the city save energy? 

Neighborhood Powerdown, an energy savings competition organized by the University of Pennsylvania, is betting on it. Part of “Sustainability in Action,” a course designed by Mark Alan Hughes, founding director of the mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the program pairs students with teams of West and North Philadelphia residents for a month-long billing cycle. The goal: Lower collective energy consumption (compared to the same billing cycle in 2009) by the most kilowatt hours

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Media: Michelangelo Pistoletto

On November 2, the Philadelphia Museum of Art debuted Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974, a survey of the Italian artist’s varied and complex oeuvre, and Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte, an exhibition of the artist’s current work at his interdisciplinary laboratory. Pistoletto has long used his work as a lens for contemporary society—this includes issues of waste and ecology.
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Agriculture: City Farming

Emerald Street Urban Farm was once a vacant lot, home to piles of trash and an abandoned VW van. Now, thanks to Patrick Dunn and Elissa Ruse, five raised beds cradle a bounty of winter produce and 10 community garden plots offer an outlet for landless Kensington residents. The farm will serve as a model for Dunn as he helps Marathon Grill turn underutilized spaces into blossoming farms.
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