Posted March 29, 2018
  • Community conversations at the Citizens Planning Institute, a partner in this project

Historic Preservation Citizen Engagement Toolkit

PennPraxis is excited to kick off its latest project, the Historic Preservation Citizen Engagement Toolkit. PennPraxis will work with community liaisons to host small, focused conversations within communities to understand and explain how preservation systems work now, and how they could work better to lead to greater understanding and inclusivity in decision-making related to our historic resources and communities. The project will develop, prototype, test, and deploy a toolkit for convening community conversations around historic preservation across the City of Philadelphia.

The project intends to broaden and deepen Philadelphians’ understanding of preservation to encompass the full range of neighborhood, building, and cultural preservation strategies and goals available to community advocates. The toolkit will equip stakeholders with the means with which to manage change in their own neighborhoods, and respond to future challenges they encounter in advocating for their communities.

This project complements the work of the City of Philadelphia's Historic Preservation Task Force, currently ongoing, and will support future outreach and community advocacy in response to the Task Force’s recommendations.  It is supported by the William Penn Foundation.