The useful knowledge disseminated and discussed in Action 1 was transformed into a shared community vision in Action 2: A Space for Urban Reappropriation, which took place on July 18, 2015. During the first meeting committees convened to address issues related to space, economy and social issues prevalent through the South Seven—the area comprising the South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Passyunk Square, East Passyunk, Dickenson Narrows, Greenwich, Pennsport, Lower Moyamensing, and Whitman. This process continued during Action 2, when the three committees met to discuss the possibility of working together on Action 3, a single public event that coalesces the various community organizations and disparate cultural groups towards one shared end. See the full gallery here.
The Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge Neighborhood Convening, held in South Philadelphia on November 13 and 14, 2015, was a working convening on cooperation, civic engagement, and gentrification. It featured talks and round-tables with neighborhood stakeholders and community members, local and international activists, planners, curators, artists, and politicians.
The convening began with an in-depth presentation of CohStra’s research report on South Philadelphia. Everyone present received a copy of this report, which details a year’s worth of qualitative and quantitative research, as well as narratives about the experiences of CohStra and their neighborhood parnters on the Playgrounds project.