17 october 1968 & central cardozo co-op market opens
#OTD 17 October 19681 The Central Cardozo Co-op Market (2511 14th St NW) opened today by under the aegis of Central Cardozo Community Development and Services, Inc. Founded as a cooperative, the market was staffed, owned and operated by individuals who lived in the neighborhood. It was one of a number of projects grounded in cooperative principles, including the Central Cardozo Federal Credit Union (2418 14th St NW) and the Cardozo Men’s Council.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor shop at the co-op? Did you work at the co-op? What did the co-op offer? What were the hours? What did it look like inside? Do you have photographs, fliers, receipts? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy Vernard Gray, photographer. He owns the copyright to this image.
“Shop for the Poor,” Washington Post 17 October 1968. In the same City Life Column is a blurb about 30 Georgetown University students, including Fred Perella and Robert Thoms founding the Foundation for Capital Investments to offer loans to business owners.