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Citizen Planners in Action

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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 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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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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