Join us to make a Neighborhood Plan

  1. Project overview
  2. Neighborhood Conversation Starters
  3. Join the Neighborhood Conversation

1. Project overview

Starting in October 2020, SEAMAAC will work with other community organizations and residents in the area around Mifflin Square Park to catalog and coordinate shared priorities for improving our neighborhood bounded by Mifflin Street, Oregon Avenue, 9th Street, and 4th Street. Guided by the Mifflin Coalition, a committee made up of organizations rooted in the neighborhood, this planning effort seeks to guide future neighborhood investment and decisions in many key areas including transportation, housing, public space, and more.

More will be posted as this project progresses. If you have questions or want to get involved, call Joel Arnold at 267-536-9846 or email

What is the Project?
Starting in Fall 2020, community organizations and residents in neighborhoods around Mifflin Square Park will coordinate and catalog their shared priorities for improving life for residents in this neighborhood. We will use this written plan to advocate and fight together for affordable housing, good transportation, parks, community institutions, and more.

Some of the issues already raised are affordable housing, resident power, business & shopping, bikes, buses, local history, garbage, parking, parks, safety, schools, sidewalks, neighborhood gardens, mental health, and building a diverse and caring community.

This plan seeks to build community power and prosperity, improve Mifflin Square Park, strengthen businesses on South 7th Street and other neighborhood business corridors, preserve and expand affordable housing, and advance accountable development. It first and foremost seeks to build the power of existing residents to shape its future and to prevent displacement.

What is the Area?

Why Should I Get Involved?
We are building our coalition working to improve life for people living here. We will only succeed if enough people join us. Over the next year there will be many meetings and input sessions to ensure that this plan is guided by the wishes of neighborhood organizations and residents. If you’d like to participate, attend or host a meeting, or provide feedback, please email or call 267-536-9846.

What Is the Timeline?
October 2020–April 2021: We will visit groups in the neighborhood to discuss issues and gather information. 

April–July 2021: Write and share draft plan incorporating what we learned and showing options for everyone to discuss, and criticize

August–September 2021: Draft and publish a final plan and organize to put it into action!

Who is Leading this Project?
This project is led by SEAMAAC, the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park, Karen Community Philadelphia, the South 7th Street Shops Advisory Committee & United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia

In association with Registered Community Organizations 7th St Community Civic Association, Dickinson Square West Civic Association, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, and Whitman Council

And with government partners Councilman Squilla, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia Commerce Department, and SEPTA.

Check out the Neighborhoods Plan introductory brochure below—it has already been shared at homes, businesses, and community centers across the neighborhood. You can also download a PDF (3 mb).

Supported by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.

2. Neighborhood Conversation Starters

Neighborhood Conversation Starter Video in English

Iniciador de conversación en el vecindario video en español


Neighborhood Plan Newspaper

Neighborhood Policy Guide

3. Join the Neighborhood Conversation

Sign up for a live Neighborhood Conversation via ZOOM, or share comments via the Neighborhood Comment Form below.

In case you didn’t catch a live Neighborhood Conversation yet, read here about what residents have been discussing: