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Welcome to the Citizens Toolkit: a guide by neighbors for neighbors about how to get things done in your neighborhood!

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Citizens Planning Institute brought 15 long-time neighborhood leaders together for a series of workshops called Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Fall 2015. We asked these leaders: what challenges are you facing in your neighborhoods, and what do you do to address them? Their answers became the content of the Citizens Toolkit.

There are 3 types of content:

  • A story from each participant about how they addressed a challenge
  • Lessons learned from each story
  • Universal how-to guides

This content is organized into three main categories:

Not sure where to begin?  Check out “About the Contributors” to read more about the participants and where they come from, or check out our “Search the Toolkit” page to see the Toolkit content organized by neighborhood or by more specific topics.

Questions and suggestions are welcome! Contact or 215-683-4648 to share them with us.

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