10/19 Act Urban Conference visits Mifflin Square

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Mifflin Square Park is at the center of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. With a mix of Asian, white, African American and Latino populations and many recent refugees and immigrants, the challenges of language, culture and race must be addressed to build a cohesive plan for the park and neighborhood in order to attract needed funding for basic improvements.

On 10/19, participants from Gehl Institute’s #publicxdesign conference visited the park to discuss in-depth process of reclaiming public space for this diverse South Philly community. Great exchange and let’s continue to share strategies for more community driven design!

Shout out to new MacArthur fellow Damon Rich, Mural Arts PhiladelphiaPublic WorkshopWilliam Penn FoundationPhiladelphia Parks & Recreation for coming out to speak on their involvement in MSP

Special thanks to Kado of Boba And Company for fantastic drinks and even better conversation!

7th Street Walkshop

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From SEAMAAC’s Somaly Osteen: The Walkshop was conducted on February 2, 2017 starting at 1pm and lasted until 3pm.  There was about 20 people from different organizations met at I heart Cambodia restaurant. The Walkshop turned out to be productive. Conversations took place between the stakeholders and Brian the owner of Nusantara an Indonesian convenience store, as well as Samathea the owner of Save More Pharmacy was a significant. I am excited to see the cooperation between the community, SEAMAAC, CAGP, 7th Street Civic Association and other relevant sectors. Nobody should feel left out but to have a voice within the community. The beautiful characteristics of the diversity of this community are a great asset that everyone should acknowledge. Different authentic restaurants, convenience stores, places to shop that all represent different cultures is an amazing experience. Furthermore, Mifflin Square Park, located a block away from the south 7th street is another great asset that makes the community even more vibrant.

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