January 4: Frankford Chocolate Factory | Trickle-down environment | Commercial waste audit system

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue is now on the National Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The federal designation allows the building to qualify for 20 percent tax credit. The building is not on the local register.

The January issue of Grid Magazine highlights federal policy and the “trickle-down environment,”  Philadelphia-based benefit corporation models including United By Blue’s clean water mission and MIO’s cradle-to-cradle industrial design, and recent updates on the Tacony Creek Trail, funding for solar projects and manufacturing, and a refinery health impact study.

Speaking of local business and environmental impact: Streets Department commissioner Carlton Williams and Zero Waste and Litter director Nic Esposito pen an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer on executing the city’s Zero Waste and Litter Action Plan, business compliance, and adopting a waste audit system for commercial buildings.

In the latest episode of the Streets Dept Podcast, Conrad Benner interviews Antoinette Marie Johnson, whose new “urbanism-focused creative agency” aims “build better cities through impactful brand experiences.”

Mapping out who loses the most: CityLab provides a visual to help understand the impact of the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.  

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About the author

Diana Lu, Community Engagement Editor

Diana runs PlanPhilly’s community outreach and engagement online and in real life. She has spent more than ten years in the non-profit and public sectors working on urban development issues including environmental justice, design-based manufacturing, and community and economic development.  Prior to joining PlanPhilly, Diana worked as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for 10,000 Small Businesses, a public-private initiative focused strengthening local businesses through revenue generation and local job creation.  Follow Diana on instagram @dianaluwho and email her at

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    Issues: Preservation
    Photo Credit: Zero Waste and Litter Action Plan

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