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Community Connect: News and Notes from the week

April 1, 2011

All around Philly, there are some great ways to get more involved and work to improve the city. We’d like to highlight a few opportunities:

  • The Citizens Planning Institute is leading a series of classes on becoming a citizen planner. Learn how to address change and create a community vision through interactive sessions with different local stakeholders (including our own Executive Director, Andy Frishkoff). They’re taking applications for this round of classes through next week.
  • The Community Design Collaborative is holding a session called Good Design is Good Business: Corridor Realities. This session will help corridor managers learn about storefront design, costs, and how to navigate codes. Representatives from L&I, SCRUB, and the Commerce Department will be joining to participate in the discussion to gain a better understanding of where help is needed.
  • Philly Spring Cleanup Litter isn’t just ugly, it’s detrimental to neighborhoods. Help out the Streets Department at this year’s Spring Cleanup. Find a demonstration site in your neighborhood and “Keep up the Sweep up!”

Also, this week there were some notable news stories worth checking out:

  • StreetFilms’ 10-part series Moving Beyond the Automobile is inspirational to anyone who envisions a more sustainable (and transit-friendly and walkable) future.
  • HUD announced their Choice Neighborhoods grant program winners. Included was the Mt. Vernon Manner project in the Mantua part of West Philadelphia. LISC is providing technical assistance to this project. Additionally, LISC has ties to Choice Neighborhoods picks in Kansas City and Providence, and implementation finalists in Chicago and Boston.

Have a great weekend!

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