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Philadelphia unveiled a unique shipping-container shopping mall
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Philadelphia unveiled a unique shipping-container shopping mall

The corner lot on Parkside Avenue was known as a neighborhood eyesore just six months ago. Once a SEPTA bus turnaround, the patch of pavement became a popular spot for illegal dumping, filled with abandoned cars, sand, and all kinds of trash.On Saturday, however, it was a buzzing neighborhood gathering place, the site of a unique new outdoor mall, and even a brief campaign stop for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman.West Philadelphia business associations and elected officials welcomed 20 small-business owners — all of whom are people of color, many of them women — as they set up shop in refurbished shipping containers.Called the 4th District Container Village, the outdoor shopping center took a year of planning and coordination with city officials, community groups, and bu...