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Citizen Planners in Action

"With knowledge comes power. Because of CPI, I feel confident and ready to share knowledge with my neighbors so we can make educated decisions for planning that will best serve our community's needs."  --Haley Dervinis, Point Breeze

Change is inevitable. Citizen Planners have the know-how to address change head on and create a vision for their community’s future. Get inspired by stories about CPI participants making positive changes in their neighborhoods.

Use the "Search" button (upper right corner) to find Citizen Planners near you by planning district, neighborhood, or theme!

Planners in Action point breeze

Jasmine Sadat

“I connect CDCs and community groups with state funding opportunities.” Jasmine Sadat already had a Master’s Degree in City Planning when she participated in CPI, but she had received her planning...

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Planners in Action olney,lower moyamensing

Philip Green

"I’m working to stop litter at its source on North 5th Street.” Philip Green is such a go-getter he is improving both the far north and far south ends of 5th Street! And on top of all that, he...

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Planners in Action belmont

Jenny Chen

"I’m preserving neighborhood character through zoning remapping."  Jenny Chen has worked on multiple exciting projects since completing CPI! She is currently the Community Development Assistant for...

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Planners in Action point breeze

Bethany Welch

“I mobilize youth to strengthen our neighborhood through place-making.”  Since completing CPI, Bethany has been working in her role as Director of the Aquinas Center to collaborate with a diverse...

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Planners in Action germantown

Julie Stapleton Carroll

“I’m working to re-open a neighborhood school and revitalize our commercial corridor.”  When Germantown High School closed in 2013, Citizen Planner Julie Stapleton Carroll and her neighborhood were...

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Planners in Action mill creek

Ted Smith

"I started pop-up clean-ups in my neighborhood." Ted Smith was inspired to start his Pop-up Clean-up concept after participating in a clean-up during the annual MLK Day of Service. Initially, he...

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Planners in Action germantown

Betty Turner

"I facilitated conversations between the community and a major developer."  Betty has been able apply what she learned about planning in the CPI course to set clear goals and objectives for...

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Planners in Action mayfair

Luka Lakuriqi

“I'm using design to improve & promote my neighborhood.”  CPI sparked Luka’s enthusiasm for improving and celebrating his neighborhood of Mayfair, which he has always loved. While participating in...

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Planners in Action lower moyamensing

Anthony Fasano

"I'm helping find a location for a local food co-op in my neighborhood." At his first general membership meeting for the South Philly Food Co-op, Anthony was asked to join the Real Estate Committee...

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