Join us for a 1-hour walking loop around Southwest Philadelphia!
RAIN OR SHINE!
The goal is to get an on-the-ground sense of issues in the neighborhood and foster a meaningful discussion with residents. The “walkshop” will be followed by snacks as we discuss what everyone heard and saw on the route.
Please join us for this informative 2-part presentation. During the first half of the workshop, Oak Street Health will introduce us to all of the programs, services, and events that they offer, from blood pressure screenings to line dancing! The second half of the workshop will be focused on the Bartram Choice Neighborhood Plan. We will bring you up to date on the progress so far and share the preliminary vision and goals. The planning team would also like to hear from you. As we imagine the future of Bartram Village and the surrounding neighborhood, what would you like it to look like? What sorts of things would you like to change? What should remain the same? We hope to see you there!
Take the lead
Have you ever wondered how local government decisions are made? Have you ever wanted to share your opinions about a city project or development but are not sure how to go about it? Learn how to connect with your neighbors, speak with one voice, and communicate with city leaders.
This session will also include a bus tour of other PHA sites that have recently been redeveloped and wrap up with a celebration to mark the end of the Leadership Series!
Asia Coney, President PHA Resident Advisory Board
The Power of Design and Nature
In July 2018, new research from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University showed that adding green space to people’s neighborhood can improve their mental health. Did you know that spending time in nature can reduce stress, improve attention, and help people feel more connected to each other? This session will explore ways to counter the effects of blight and trauma to promote community health and healing.
Eugenia C. South, MD, MSHP, University of Pennsylvania
Chantay Love, founder and Program Director of the EMIR Healing Center.
Dr. South’s research focuses on how neighborhood context impacts health and safety in urban environments and Ms. Love develops programs using unconventional and creative ways to help communities in crisis heal from violence at the EMIR Healing Center.
The series continues… Please join us for dinner at 5:30 pm followed by this important conversation about housing affordability.
CHANGE IS GOOD BUT SO IS AFFORDABILITY
Planning improvements for a community can be exciting but what if it the changes attract others to the area and the cost of living starts to go up? What exactly is affordable housing? Are there ways to make housing affordable and keep it that way? This session will discuss the different types of affordable housing. Explore programs and tools that can help keep people in their homes and keep housing in the neighborhood affordable.
Ryan Bailey, Pennrose Properties
Steve Kuzmicki, Southwest CDC
Woo Kim, Urban Planner with WRT
Come for dinner and then learn how planning takes place in Philadelphia.
Planning in Philadelphia
In this session, you will learn about the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) and how it works with other city agencies and local residents to guide development of the city. You will learn specifically about your Lower Southwest District Plan (adopted in 2016) and how it fits into the city’s vision for the future--Philadelphia 2035. You will also learn how city agencies and others are working to make the recommendations a reality.
Donna Carney | Citizen’s Planning Institute
Martine DeCamp, | Philadelphia City Planning Commission
and local citizen planners:
Mark Harrell | Southwest CDC
Norman Matlock | ACANA
Tracey Gordon | ACANA & Bartram Choice Ambassador
Lucianna Boone | Bartram Choice Ambassador
The People Task Force will meet again to discuss issues such as health and wellness, education (for children and adults), and employment (such as training, resume building, interview skills). Please come and let us know what is most important to you and help us come up with ideas for strategies for improvement.
Come join us for a delicious dinner and session 2 of this exciting educational series.
Music to my ears—Building consensus with your inside voice
Another way to think about planning is as a shared problem-solving exercise. Listening to and respecting other points of view is necessary for planning to be successful. But bringing together many different opinions and experiences can be messy. Activities will also explore consensus-building tools so that participants can work effectively in a multicultural setting.
Lamar Wilson of Wilson Associates whose work over 35 years has focused on affordable housing, organizational strategic planning, and neighborhood strategic planning in Philadelphia, as well as in other cities and towns.
Join us for a catered dinner and the first session of the Neighborhood Leadership Series:
SESSION 1: THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF CHANGE
Mary Morton, an urban designer and planner at WRT
Regina Young, an Eastwick resident and founder of Empowered CDC
The Neighborhood Leadership Series includes six (6), two-hour sessions that will be held every other week (with a break for the holidays) followed by a graduation celebration.
Come hear the results of the surveys that we have collected from Bartram Village residents and members of the surrounding community. These findings will form the basis of the Neighborhood Transformation Plan. We need your help to identify the priorities for the plan!
We are kicking off the Needs Assessment Survey with a summer festival at Bartram Village! Fill out a survey and stay for the food, games, and fun.