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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 garden court

Mariya Khandros

"I led historic walking tours of my neighborhood." Mariya is a the Zoning Chair of the Garden Court Community Association and part of the/Southwest Philadelphia2035 Steering Committee. In the fall...

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Planners in Action cedar park

Jason Sandman

"I was elected to the board of my civic association." Jason joined the Cedar Park Neighbors, a volunteer run, 501(c)3, non-partisan civic association in the spring of 2014 as a member of the Board...

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Planners in Action west powelton

Lucia Esther

"Zoning gives my neighborhood a voice."  Lucia applied to be part of the CPI because she felt it would help her learn the new zoning code, make a long range plan for West Powelton, make the best use...

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Planners in Action west powelton

Kevin Musselman

"I helped dozens of neighbors receive home improvement funds."  Kevin has been working on community development initiatives in Philadelphia since 2006. In his previous role at New Kensington CDC he...

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Planners in Action east kensington

Jeff Carpineta

"I helped revitalize my neighborhood playground." Jeff applied to be part of the CPI because he believes that community organizations have a duty to learn from the best, to really know what they are...

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Planners in Action south kensington

Lisa Maiello & Natania Schaumburg

"We organized community tree planting events."   Lisa Maiello, a graduate of the 2010 pilot CPI course, is the president of South Kensington Community Partners, a community based nonprofit...

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Planners in Action west powelton

Eva Hayes

"I organized a community vacant property survey and reported the results to L&I."  Eva Hayes is a resident of the West Powelton neighborhood in the University Southwest District of Philadelphia. She...

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Planners in Action point breeze

Jennifer Devor

"I formed a Junior Block Captain league for youth on my block."  Jennifer’s home is in the Point Breeze Neighborhood of South Philadelphia and she is currently working with several community groups...

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Planners in Action roxborough

Lynda Payne

"I used a zoning overlay to preserve my neighborhood's character." Lynda is a member of the Roxborough Development Corporation Design Committee as well as the Central Roxborough Civic Association,...

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