Alright, you can stop choking on your coffee now and hear me out.
This article in today’s New York Times talks about the zero-waste movement in the fashion industry. I just had to post it now even though it’s several leaps ahead of where I am in my planning series.
Back in June, I mentioned recycled fashion designs here in a laundry list of possibilities for a new “story” for Pottstown.
You’ve got empty buildings for workshop and retail space. You’ve got Moore College of Art & Design, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Philadelphia University, all with fashion design programs, all turning out graduates looking to make their mark in a fast-paced, ever-evolving field. You’re not that far from NYC either.
Here’s something to think about as just one piece of an overall economic development plan with sustainability, arts and culture at its heart… Pottstown actively marketing green fashion design, manufacturing and retail incubator spaces, with some kind of short-term rent subsidy program for young designers just starting out.
Pottstown could still be a place that makes things… sustainable, hip, cutting-edge things instead of industrial revolution stuff.