Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Food co-op sets up shop in the wrong neighborhood

The Kensington Community Food Co-op is in Kensington. Its board members all live in Kensington and Fishtown. Its members are all from the Riverwards.

Why then, does the description of the co-op, as first pointed out to us by our partners at Philadelphia Neighborhoods, mention anything about the Northeast?

“Residents in NE Philadelphia are opening a cooperative grocery store.”


Last we checked, Kensington is still south of the Frankford Creek and therefore, not in the Northeast. Co-opers, we understand you’re relatively new here and were told by a real estate agent that the house you bought is in Northeast Philadelphia and that when someone says the words Mayfair, Burholme or Parkwood, you assume they’re speaking in tongues.

A co-op can be a great resource for a neighborhood. We suggest making sure you know which neighborhood you’re actually serving.

Outside media don’t care about the Northeast. We have all seen them misuse, misspell and mistake our neighborhoods and our streets, so we at NEast Philly wanted to do something about it. When they get it wrong, we set it right in a segment we like to call Right NEast/Wrong NEast.

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