For all of the kvetching I do about the condo towers that seem to be springing up willy-nilly in Philadelphia (it was hard to resist the obvious rhyme there), there’s plenty of good stuff going on. We’ve got great museums, awesome restaurants and food trucks and a fantastic music scene, just to name a few. Philly’s also committed to getting green — producing green jobs and green spaces. The city is home to the PA Horticultural Society, which is a leader in community gardening and murals (again, just to name a few), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the most interesting green and/or sustainability projects in the area involve schools and kids. John & Kira’s chocolates were on the scene early, and merged urban gardening with killer chocolates, and now Philly’s really getting greener…on the ground and well above. And, appropriately enough, many of these projects are local, grassroots and crowd-sourced efforts — and will be local and inclusive. Check out, for example, the partnerships happening in South Philadelphia, between Philadelphia-based Roofworks and Moyamensing residents, which will bear fruit (and vegetables!) on the roof of South Philadelphia High School. Hopefully, other cities — not to mention funders — will look at Philadelphia as an inspiration and replicate some of these green partnerships.
Not to put too fine a point on it but, yo…look at us: Philly!