Betty Turner, a 73-year-old Northwest Philadelphian, has years of experience struggling through the thickets of the city's bureaucracy in order to better her hometown. She's presided over two community development corporations, co-founded a Germantown citizens group, served as a Democratic committee person, and opened a low-income medical clinic in East Falls.
So if she's hopeful about a city initiative, it might mean our government is doing something right.
On Monday, she was one of 30 graduates of the first-ever Citizens Planning Institute, a pilot program crafted by the Philadelphia Planning Commission to involve denizens in its two monster projects: reforming the city's zoning code and forging a new comprehensive plan. Six other students, including block captains, neighborhood association members, CDC leaders and other civic-minded folks, were from the Northwest area. READ MORE