Nicetown CDC is ready to celebrate the economic development of the neighborhood which also has an infusion of local arts and culture.
The community development company gave details of its 20th “GiveBack Community Outdoor Festival and Concert” on Thursday at a press conference in Nicetown Park. The event will take place on Friday and Saturday.
“We have so much to be grateful for, and one of the things that is so good today is that we can show our community partners, our community stakeholders and everyone we work with every day. , continuously basic, just to do the job we do. And we are so grateful for that,” said Majeedah Rashid, COO of Nicetown CDC.
The press conference began with a prayer led by the Reverend James Hall following remarks by Nicetown CDC Chairman Zakariyya Abdur-Rahman.
“It’s a lifetime of activities that we, the Nicetown Community Development Corporation, have planned for this community,” Abdur-Rahman said. “Our goal is to transform and revitalize this neighborhood back to the vibrancy it once was in the 60s and 70s, when we had businesses all along Germantown Avenue.
According to Abdur-Rahman, Nicetown’s population was once made up of 80% households of people of color.
“We had almost 80% employment participation from the various manufacturers and everything that was going on here, but that’s all gone. So it is our goal and our hopes to bring it back, the return,” Abdur-Rahman said.
Abdur-Rahman further explained that a big part of the contribution is to transform the community and lead continuous reinvestment in the Nicetown business district.
“The comeback shines a light on everything we do throughout the year. 20 years ago we started this festival in Stenton Park, because this park (Nicetown Park) was uninhabitable. We had to galvanize resources in order to bring this park to where we could enjoy it and have a safe space for today,” Abdur-Rahman said.
Rahman also spoke about the importance of the festival despite the rise in murders and violent crimes this year.
Abdur-Rahman has been a community advocate for years and is committed to working within his community to address violence in the city center following the murder of his two sons.
Other speakers included Stephan D. Doyle, entrepreneur and owner of Limitless Restaurant and Club at 4535 Germantown Ave. Doyle spoke of his enthusiasm for investing in the Nicetown community.
The free, two-day outdoor festival kicks off Friday and ends Saturday, featuring a strong musical lineup featuring Philadelphia’s V. Shayne Frederick, as well as sports training and a presentation by lightweight boxing champion Ivan Robinson.
Additionally, Robinson will present a championship belt to one of the trainees upon completion of on-site training during the festival.
There will also be a fashion show and on Saturday an official “Peace March” to end gun violence with Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, representatives from the Philadelphia branch from the NAACP, on-air personalities from iheart Media, and various community activists. .
“In 20 years, you can see the transformation of these four trading nodes and that has been a catalyst today,” Abdur-Rahman said. “We learned how a community festival and the galvanizing of various partnerships and resources could drive transformation and become a driving force and that’s exactly what our intention was and that’s exactly what it does today.
“We have new businesses popping up. We have accommodations. We have our political representation around the corner from our front door at Wayne Junction and Germantown Avenue where State Sen. (Sharif) Street and Councilwoman (Cindy) Bass and NAACP Headquarters and Sister Muhammad (restaurant) at our front door. …we now have a new member, Stephen Doyle, who is now investing heavily,” Abdur-Rahman said.
Since its inception in 1999, the Nicetown Community Development Corporation (NTCDC) has worked with a mission to improve the quality of life in Nicetown and surrounding communities by establishing sustainable community economic development.