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Citizen Planners in Action

Get inspired by stories about CPI participants making positive changes in their neighborhoods.

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[Note: All stories are self-reported by participants. CPI is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the reporting of these stories.] 

Planners in Action east parkside

Lorraine Gomez

“I brought fresh food, jobs, and a community space to my neighborhood.”  According to Lorraine, The most important thing Citzens Planning Institute taught me is to organize, organize, organize....

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Planners in Action chestnut hill

Linda Rauscher

“I’m bringing environmental education to schools in my neighborhood” Linda came to Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) in Spring 2011 to learn how to better engage her neighborhood in greening and...

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Planners in Action belmont

Bettye Ferguson

“I’m building public spaces for youth, parents, and community members” As President of the Belmont Alliance Civic Association Community Development Association (BACA – CDC), Bettye already had a...

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Planners in Action grays ferry

Warren Bullard

“I helped improve my neighborhood park & playground.”  Warren has done everything from zoning to violence prevention, rec center rehab to community building, in his Grays Ferry neighborhood. The...

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Planners in Action north central philadelphia

Ruth Birchett

“I’m using beautification to stop illegal dumping.”  Ruth Birchett had a problem with illegal dumping of trash in her neighborhood. The 1900 block of North Hemberger Street, which runs behind Ruth’s...

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Planners in Action grays ferry

Kyle Shenandoah

"I helped bring bikes, a bus route, & job fairs to my neighborhood." After graduating from CPI, Kyle Shenandoah helped form a Registered Community Organization (RCO), the Tasker-Morris Neighbors...

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Planners in Action east parkside

Joyce Smith

"I turned an alley into a neighborhood connector & gathering space." Joyce Smith has been an ambassador for her historic neighborhood of East Parkside since 2009.  As a member and co-founder of...

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Planners in Action fishtown

Venise Whitaker

“I’m using historic preservation and zoning to keep my neighborhood's character” Venise Whitaker has always considered herself a rebel. From an early age she was taught to fight for what she...

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Planners in Action north central philadelphia

Jacqueline Wiggins

“I organized with my neighbors to shape the change happening in our community.”  At the center of Jackie Wiggins’s work is ensuring that historically underrepresented communities have access to...

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