Say/Do Boutique seeds sustainability through event planning

After serving in the Philadelphia Water Department for seven years in the government affairs and communications divisions, Melody Wright left City government at the start of the pandemic to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning her own business. She founded Say/Do in 2020 as a consulting firm that primarily offers services in strategic communications and

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Advocates express concern about artificial turf’s carcinogenic chemicals, contributions to heat island effect and plastic waste

Much of the opposition to the FDR Park Master Plan centers on the replacement of the open greenspace of the Meadows with the artificial green of 12 synthetic turf athletic fields. Master Plan boosters cite the “playability” of synthetic turf fields, which can host more hours of play per week than natural grass fields. Recent

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Comment on Lower Poquessing Creek Trail proposal

The Far Northeast of Philadelphia isn’t the friendliest cycling landscape the city has to offer, with intimidating arterial roads like Roosevelt Boulevard and lots of residential streets that don’t connect. The proposed Lower Poquessing Creek Trail aims to change that, at least along the creek that serves as the city’s boundary with Bucks County. The

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Speak up for sidewalk improvement

The Clean Air Council’s Feet First Philly program is encouraging Philadelphians to demand better sidewalks. According to the Clean Air Council, more than 230 miles of Philly sidewalks are in poor or very poor condition. Broken sidewalks make travel particularly difficult — impossible even — for people in wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments, often

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Fairmount Park Conservancy ED says Kathryn Ott Lovell should not resign

As a publication committed to a healthy, sustainable, and just city, I am extremely disappointed in Grid’s April coverage calling for the resignation of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. Like many Philadelphians, I expect Grid to do tough, but fair, reporting on environmental issues and public works projects. However, your recent op-ed

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Residents and environmental advocates survey the damage done by the Cobbs Creek Foundation

The sun shone bright on a landscape cross-hatched with felled trees on a walking tour of the Cobbs Creek Golf Course on April 4. The Cobbs Creek Restoration and Community Foundation, the organization overseeing the revamping of the golf course, had the trees cut down, said Dana Henry, the tour guide and a spokesperson with

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Mayor Kenney plans to subsidize the foundation that is deforesting Cobbs Creek

By Bernard Brown This story was updated after publication with a quote from the Mayor’s Office. It looks like the already sweet deal that the Cobbs Creek Foundation made with the city could be getting even sweeter. On March 30 Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released his capital budget proposal for fiscal year 2023, which, on page

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