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Business Leadership for “Good Morning, Beautiful Business”


istinguished Philadelphian and entrepreneur, Judy Wicks, has received the gold medal for Business Leader- ship by Nautilus Book Awards for her memoir Good Morning,Beautiful Business. The Nautilus Awards represent “Better Books for a Bet- ter World.” Now in its 15th year, the program honors exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high- level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and posi- tive social change. Past winners include Deepak Chopra, Barbara

Kingsolver, Eckhart Tolle, Jeremy Rifkin and Marianne Williamson. Good Morning, Beautiful Business is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who changed not only her neighborhood, but also the world around her – helping communities at home and abroad create local living economies that value people, nature and place more than money. Judy Wicks hasn’t stopped for a moment since the March 2013 sold-out launch of Good Morning, Beautiful Business at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences

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where she received a citation from the Mayor of Philadelphia. With more than 85 events plus read- ings throughout this past year, she has traveled from Vancouver to

South Carolina to San Francisco to Vermont. Judy Wicks has spoken at a number of business schools, including The Wharton School

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Donna Carney, the Executive Director of PCPC’s Citizen Planning Institute, led a workshop on zoning and the RCO process last week. Photo: Courtesy of the Citizen’s Planning Institute.

June 25, 2014

Philadelphia Planning Commission gives the “skinny” on zoning and the RCO process By Nicole Contosta

Staff Reporter A

South Street’s Triangles the result of community ef- fort and collaboration

By Nicole Contosta Staff Reporter


he Triangles at South Street, which intersect with 23rd


Gray’s Ferry Ave, have be- come a bustling public space. With outdoor tables and chairs, it’s a place where pedestrians can stop, sit and enjoy a snack from a nearby café or restaurant. It’s also home to large and small-scale events like Plaza Palooza, SOSNA Dines Outside and the Summer Music Series, hosted each Thursday from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. with a rotating food ven- dor. Soon, Councilman Johnson will hold the rescheduled outdoor public meeting at the Triangle with residents. “The Triangle looks simple but it took awhile to knock it out,” said Andrew Dalzell, Program’s Coor- dinator from the South of South Street Neighborhood Association’s (SOSNA) offi ce, 1901 Christian Street, Thursday, June 19th.

Dalzell’s comments refer to the outdoor seating and public space that comprises the Triangles, which extend from the fountain and on to 23rd

Street and Gray’s

Ferry Ave. Now a six-month pi- lot program, “the idea has been around since the community plan of 2005,” Dalzell explained. And the program’s foundation can be traced back even farther. “Grays Ferry Avenue used to

run in two directions. And then, in the 1980’s, it became only one direction,” Dalzell said, adding, that this led to the idea that the available street could create a pub- lic space.

So in 2006, SOSNA worked with the Community Design Collabora- tive to develop a plan. The concept gained momentum in the neigh- borhood. In 2011, SOSNA applied for a city pedestrian plaza grant of $35,000, Dalzell explained. To access the grant, “we needed 100 percent sign off from all of the abutting property owners,” Dal-

bout fi fty people fi lled the meeting headquarters of the Philadelphia City Plan- ning Commission (PCPC) Friday, June 20th


That’s when Donna J. Carney the Executive Director of PCPC’s Citizen Planning Institute gave participants vital information on how Registered Community Or-

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Weekly Press SOSNA Dines out at 23rd and Gray’s Ferry Ave Triangles. Photo: Andrew Dalzell

zell said. “But some of the prop- erty owners opposed it. So we had to press the reset button.” In doing so, SOSNA members

realized that the opposing prop- erty owners had valid concerns when it came to parking and load- ing for businesses. “We needed to address those problems,” Dalzell said. Thus, during the subsequent conversations, some members of the opposition said, “‘you can’t maintain the triangle as it is. It’s always fi lled with trash,’” Dalzell relayed. “So we got a bigger trash- can. And we got something for the

cigarette butts. We hung the lights and took care of the plants.” Other members of the opposi- tion said, “‘We only see you guys when you’re trying to take space from our street. But where are you the rest of the time?’” Dalzell re- layed. “So we started to be around all of the time. We tended to the fountain and started having neigh- borhood cleanups.”

As time went on, SOSNA began hosting more events at the triangle such as the annual Plaza Palooza.

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