C I V I T A S : Aesthetic & Functional Interventions in Public Space

Founded in 2004, members of the CIVITAS Erie, PA collaborative have hosted and co-hosted hundreds of speakers, presentations and workshops; published 50 opinion pieces in local papers (including Considering the City essays for the ErieReader); served on the City’s Zoning Hearing Board; ran a candidate for Mayor of Erie; and successfully initiated and launched these community organizations:

Preservation Erie - a 501c3 devoted to planning, advocacy education and adaptive reuse;

Innovation Erie - economic development and product design education now a part of the EMG 5013c Idea Fund;

All Aboard Erie - a transportation advocacy group under the umbrella of the 501c3 All Aboard Ohio;

Made in Erie Marketplace - an ad-hoc, buy-local initiative; and

ErieCPR - derailing Erie’s status-quo decision-making (with a focus on the McBride Viaduct) organized under the 501c3 Winds of Change.

The members of the CIVITAS collaborative are:

LAUREL SWARTZ (left)  Organizer & Reality Checker

LAUREL SWARTZ (left)

Organizer & Reality Checker

STEPHEN SONNENBERG  Self-taught Urban Critic

STEPHEN SONNENBERG

Self-taught Urban Critic

LISA AUSTIN   Social Sculptor

LISA AUSTIN

Social Sculptor

MICHEAL BEIGHTOL   Landscape Architect

MICHEAL BEIGHTOL

Landscape Architect

ADAM TROTT   Architect, AJT Architect

ADAM TROTT

Architect, AJT Architect

ROLAND SLADE   Media Artist & Commentator  Three Lee Films

ROLAND SLADE

Media Artist & Commentator

Three Lee Films

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.
— Jane Jacobs

INSPIRATION: John Nolen's Plan for Greater Erie

In celebration of the centennial of Nolen's 1913 Plan for Greater Erie, CIVITAS launched a year-long study of his masterwork to see if this revered designer's suggestions are relevant to 21st century Erieland.

http://archive.org/details/greatererieplan00tradgoog

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INSPIRATION: The Congress for the New Urbanism

Inspired by the urban vision outlined in the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, we founded CIVITAS (Back to Erie, Inc.) in 2004. 

https://www.cnu.org/