Center City District president says ‘we can do better’ after Dilworth Park Starbucks controversy – PhillyVoice.com

Center City District president says ‘we can do better’ after Dilworth Park Starbucks controversy – PhillyVoice.com

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Earlier this year, the news of a Starbucks coffee kiosk coming to Dilworth Park was met with vocal disdain from thousands of Philadelphia residents. The kiosk, which was actually first "news" back in December of 2018, is under construction at the southern end of Dilworth Park, just feet from La Colombe’s Center City coffee shop. The redundancy of another retail coffee option — Dilworth Park also already has its own coffee kiosk on the northern edge of the park — and the Starbucks branding both caught residents’ attention, and a Change.org petition started by Conrad Benner of arts blog and collective "Streets Dept" eventually picked up more than 8, 000 signatures opposing the kiosk. Now, in a joint blog post with Benner on Tuesday, Center City District President Paul Levy acknowledged the blowback.  The kiosk is still coming, but Levy and Benner said “it is clear in the wake of this controversy that (the CCD) can do better, ” and that the CCD “plans to work at communicating in ways that increase transparency and inclusiveness about contemplated major, physical changes at Dilworth Park.” Last month, the CCD issued a statement defending the kiosk, saying it would buffer the southern end of ....


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