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Citizen Planners in Action

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

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Planners in Action hunting park

Leroy Fisher

"I led the revitalization of Hunting Park." Leroy Fisher was already a seasoned neighborhood activist when he enrolled in CPI. He sees CPI not just as an opportunity to continue to learn how to...

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Planners in Action belmont

Aminata Sandra Calhoun

"I beautified blighted properties." Since graduating CPI, Aminata has gone on to get a dangerous property demolished, have a mural painted, beautify a vacant house, plant trees, get an intersection...

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Planners in Action holmesburg

Greg Trainor

"My goal is to have a Philadelphia without abandoned housing." Greg took what he learned at CPI and ran with it! Connections he made and knowledge he obtained through CPI led to major gains for the...

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Planners in Action walnut hill,cobbs creek

Akeem Dixon

"I brought bright new streetlights to 52nd Street."  Akeem, a Philadelphia native, is the 52nd Street Commercial Corridor Manager for the Enterprise Center CDC and a Member of the North Central...

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Planners in Action newbold

Miguel Garces

"I started a microgrant program." When Miguel applied to CPI, he wanted to “find ways to play a more active role in actually understanding the community’s needs and how the zoning process can play a...

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Planners in Action east passyunk crossing

Lily Goodspeed

"I'm helping bring an old school building back to life."   When Lily attended Citizens Planning Institute, she was wrapping up a year as the Community Partnership Coordinator Americorps VISTA at...

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Planners in Action mayfair

Peter McDermott

"I'm using zoning to make my neighborhood better." Peter applied to be part of CPI because he felt that it was important that all neighborhoods, including Mayfair, develop a neighborhood plan. His...

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Planners in Action lower moyamensing

Albert Girard

"I cleaned and greened my neighborhood and local school." Since completing CPI, Albert has worked to green his local school, reduce litter, create small parks, and remove blight! Albert’s final...

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Planners in Action kensington

Richard Harris

"I connect neighbors with resources."  Rev. Richard Harris is the pastor at Firm Hope Baptist Church and is active in various community groups in Port Richmond and Kensington. He has worked closely...

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