Cassandra Green has served as the Executive Director of the Mill Creek Community Partnership, a community outreach initiative, spearheaded by The Church Down The Way for seven years. She was already well aware of the importance of linking communities with the city planning process when she attended the Citizens Planning Institute. As she told University City Review, “A plan is a written testimony of faith in our communities…As a neighborhood, we’re pleased to be invited to share our voices and to be part of this process.”
And part of the process they are! MCCP is currently in the process of developing the West Market Street Task Force, the West Park District planning process, Mill Creek Advisory Council, West Philadelphia Financial Services Institute and has adopted Martha Washington Academic Plus School located at 44th and Aspen Streets.
They are also participating in a planning process in partnership with the People’s Emergency Center, funded by a Wells Fargo Regional Planning grant. MCCP’s mission is to serve as a catalyst in the revitalization of the Mill Creek community through arts and culture, education, community impact, economic empowerment, and accessible innovative programming. The MCCP has developed a task force to advance the acquisition and renovation of the Mill Creek Cultural Center located at 4624 Lancaster Avenue.
For Cassandra, the Spring 2011 CPI course she attended was very useful and timely. Cassandra returned to take elective classes in the Fall 2011 course series. She has referred to materials from all of the sessions in her work with Mill Creek Community Partnership and has a newfound love of maps.
“This experience really helped me to understand the importance and impact of planning, get past my reservations of the unknown and know that as front line soldiers we are not alone and share the same vision; a better city and future for all.”