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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 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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Planners in Action francisville

Alain Joinville

"I organized jazz concerts so neighbors could meet each other." Alain is a Public Affairs Coordinator, recently elected Board Chair of Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation and member of...

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Planners in Action eastwick

Carolyn Moseley

"I am trying to use tourism to bring jobs to my neighborhood."  Carolyn enrolled in the CPI to enhance her knowledge & skills in community planning and organizing. Carolyn hoped to use the...

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Planners in Action germantown

Luke A. Smith

"I helped create a talented and powerful board for my local CDC." Luke applied to the CPI because he felt that the knowledge, skills and connections he would establish through the program would...

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Planners in Action strawberry mansion

Tonnetta Graham

"I mobilized my community to preserve a neighborhood landmark." As a leader in her north Philadelphia community of Strawberry Mansion, Tonnetta feels privileged to be in a position to represent this...

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Planners in Action tioga

Verna Brown-Tyner

"I helped my agency become a Registered Community Organization."  Prior to participating in the Pilot Program of CPI, Verna was already heavily involved in her community. Verna applied to be part of...

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