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:
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.
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.