May 10, 2021

Planning a Greener Future for Philadelphia's Historic Parkside Neighborhood

A group of women of various ages and ethnicities pose on the sidewalk outside a victorian home
Joyce Smith, vice president, Centennial Parkside CDC with Master of City Planning students Hengyu Lan and Tianyi Shao; and Claritza Cruz and Mignon Verdell, members of the CDC’s Community Development Committee. They were photographed on the landing of one of East Parkside’s many architecturally significant buildings, this one designed by Henry E. Flower in the Flemish Revival style in the early twentieth century. Flower remains under-recognized for his role in shaping late-Victorian Philadelphia.
A group of people of various ages and ethnicities stand in a community garden
Master of City Planning student Tianyi Shao; Joyce Smith, vice president, Centennial Parkside CDC; Ronald Allen, a gardener; Master of City Planning student Hengyu Lan; Naomi Smith, co-founder of Viola Garden and a gardener; Mignon Verdell, a member of the CDC’s Community Development Committee; Claritza Cruz, a member of the CDC ‘s Community Development Committee; Gertrude Johnson, co-founder of Viola Garden and gardener; and Randy Smith, a member the Viola Street Residents Association and a gardener. They were photographed at the Viola Garden, one of the oldest public gardens in Philadelphia; after many years of advocacy, it is part of the Neighborhood Garden Trust.
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Joyce Smith, vice president, Centennial Parkside CDC with Master of City Planning students Hengyu Lan and Tianyi Shao; and Claritza Cruz and Mignon Verdell, members of the CDC’s Community Development Committee. They were photographed on the landing of one of East Parkside’s many architecturally significant buildings, this one designed by Henry E. Flower in the Flemish Revival style in the early twentieth century. Flower remains under-recognized for his role in shaping late-Victorian Philadelphia.
Master of City Planning student Tianyi Shao; Joyce Smith, vice president, Centennial Parkside CDC; Ronald Allen, a gardener; Master of City Planning student Hengyu Lan; Naomi Smith, co-founder of Viola Garden and a gardener; Mignon Verdell, a member of the CDC’s Community Development Committee; Claritza Cruz, a member of the CDC ‘s Community Development Committee; Gertrude Johnson, co-founder of Viola Garden and gardener; and Randy Smith, a member the Viola Street Residents Association and a gardener. They were photographed at the Viola Garden, one of the oldest public gardens in Philadelphia; after many years of advocacy, it is part of the Neighborhood Garden Trust.