I love winning stories, especially in places with special challenges. Winning stories have power; cynics are exposed with winners under their nose.
Wins in Philadelphia have appeared here previously in the Semillia arts initiative and the city's vibrant South Street.
Eastern north Philadelphia however has special challenges. At a policing conference last week I spoke to a participant from a 2010 SafeGrowth training. Sarah Sturtevant is a talented member of Philadelphia's LISC team and shared some wonderful stories with me.
One was about a redeveloped Rainbow de Colores park. See Sarah's blog HERE.
A few other wins are described HERE.
Then I came upon a great video of their visioning sessions. Says one person in the video: "When you build a plan to fix problems you might be wildly successful and fix all the problems, but still not create a good community."
The video Our Community, Our Vision.
Thanks Sarah to you, your fellow LISCers, and especially those community members and local organizations committed to wins. You all remind me of another Sarah I wrote about a few years ago. She too was remarkable.
Thanks for your inspiration.