One of the highlights of my year was participating in the Citizens Planning Institute.
CPI is an initiative of Philly’s City Planning Commission. Twice a year, they bring together a cohort of citizens who are interested in helping shape change in their neighborhoods.
As my work has evolved from straight documentary & commercial photography towards public art projects and community organizing, it seemed like a natural fit to plug into this resource.
Through it, I learned about the zoning code, development process, and strategies for neighborhood organizing. And had a fantastic time meeting neighbors from across the city!
Of course, my main advice for neighbor organizing is to start with food… remember: If you cook it, they will come…