Girard Avenue – A New Destination
VIdeomaking Consultant - Rini Keagy
Humanities Consultant - Renee Hobbs
Post Production - Sara Leavitt
Girard Avenue at 27th Street is a vibrant neighborhood shopping district featuring a plethora of small, locally-owned businesses. The third-generation-owned Young's Candies has been using many of the same recipes for over a century. Diverse eateries and specialty businesses including Soul Food to Go, The Hat Shoppe, and Rose's Deli enjoy a dedicated clientele of locals. A well-supported community garden and a farmers market make wholesome additions to this busy, pedestrian-friendly area. So it was no surprise that neighbors banded together to oppose the planned building of a McDonalds fast food joint in 2002. The neighbors argued that they wanted to buy local, and that what the community really needed was a supermarket. They were partially successful: although still awaiting a supermarket, today no McDonald's imposes on the rich local flavors. Girard Avenue – A New Destination documents the multifaceted businesses and community life of this Brewerytown and West Girard neighborhood through the voices of its many business owners, local shoppers, and community organizations.