How we build matters for the long-term financial sustainability of our communities. “While we desperately need growth to provide more housing opportunities for all, our current development pattern—built primarily around the automobile and with buildings constructed all at once to a finished state that aren’t designed to change and adapt over time—doesn’t produce enough wealth to cover the maintenance obligations these buildings create,” HKS Executive Director Bo Wright explained at the first KSQ Speaker Series: How We Build Matters Event last week. “As a result, communities around the country are struggling to keep up and infrastructure liabilities, environmental impacts, and debt obligations are being passed on to our kids and future generations.”
“This isn’t right,” Wright said. “Our cities and towns should have sufficient resources to address basic services and infrastructure. We should be building places where everyone can prosper—both now and in the future.”
Rumor has it that conversation at a barbecue in Kennett last week turned to stroads, as some of the guests had attended the first KSQ Speaker Series event.
What's a stroad? Stroad is a word coined by Strong Towns in 2013 "to explain those dangerous, multi-laned thoroughfares you encounter in nearly every city, town, and suburb in America. They're what happens when a street (a place where people interact with businesses and residences, and where wealth is produced) gets combined with a road (a high-speed route between productive places)."
Your creative idea for Kennett could win you $1,000 to bring that idea to life! But get brainstorming this weekend, because the deadline for applications for the adult competition is Friday, October 22nd!
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Square Roots Collective, there will be two separate competitions and two $1,000 prizes—one for youth ages 12 to 18, and another for adults over 18. Youth project ideas are due November 24th to submit their ideas—please help us spread the word with creative young people you know!
For more information, competition rules, dates, and links to application forms and resources, click here.
The 100 blocks of both East and West State Street will be closed to traffic to allow for outdoor dining from 5pm to 9pm every Thursday, weather permitting, this fall. Enjoy outdoor dining, live music, and extended shopping hours in the traffic-free crisp fall air!
Tables are limited and reservations with your favorite restaurant are suggested. Please note that Thursday Evenings in the Square is a weather-dependent event. Follow @historickennett for weather-related updates.
Greens, apples, pumpkins, and so much more . . . our local farmers and makers bring the best of Southern Chester County's bountiful harvest to you—every Friday afternoon from 3pm–6pm outside The Creamery, 401 Birch Street, Kennett Square.
Sixteen unrelated people from across the US—male and female, young and old, Black, White, Korean, and Puerto Rican, and an Iraq War vet—came together to honor the legacy of Harriet Tubman by retracing her steps from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to "freedom" across the Mason–Dixon line into Pennsylvania. The group arrived in Kennett Square on Wednesday and received a warm welcome at the Kennett Heritage Center.
Don't forget that the amazing Kennett Heritage Center is now open on Saturdays from noon to 3pm!
Fall Events in Kennett Square
Thursday Evenings in the Square—every Thursday on the 100 blocks of both East and West State Street, 5pm to 9pm
After the successful return of the in-person Kennett Brewfest last Saturday, we wanted to pay special tribute to "Brewfest King" and local architect Jeff Norman, who has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to ensure that the Kennett Brewfest and Kennett Winterfest are some of the premier craft beer events in the region. These events are major fundraisers for Historic Kennett Square, and we're grateful to Jeff, the Brewfest Committee, the volunteers, the brewers, the musicians, vendors, and all of the patrons who helped to make this year's event one to remember.
As always, we thank you for reading and for supporting our local businesses and community. We wish you a happy and healthy week "Around the Square."