What Urban Planners Can Learn From This Idealistic Coffee Shop
Can a pay-what-you-want cafe exist in a gentrified Gowanus?

By any measure, the area around an industrial patch of Ninth Street in Brooklyn, straddling Park Slope and Gowanus, ought to emerge as an urbanist’s utopia — a space where painters, poets, craftsmen, professionals with artsy jobs and working-class people live and connect and thrive. It should be the kind of place where small businesses holding dear to collectivist values serve a polylithic community deeply invested in itself. In late June, Katie Bishop, a 33-year-old former Marine and bassoonist with an advanced degree in music theory opened a coffeehouse — Principles GI — on Ninth Street with precisely such a vision in mind.

The New York Times
Ginia Bellafante
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Food & Drink
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Human-interest, More Unique Than Usual, Recognition