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Urban Strategy in the Present Tense ft. Chris Spahr

Urban Strategy in the Present Tense is a conversation series featuring notable urbanists discussing their frontline work in urban resilience, as well as sharing their insights about public policymaking, urban problem solving, and life in Philadelphia.

The series is produced by the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University in partnership with the Urban Strategy Masters Program in Drexel's Westphal College of Media, Arts & Design.


Chris Spahr is the Executive Director of the Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization emphasizing equitable redevelopment in the East Parkside neighborhood of West Philadelphia. In his work, Chris supports residents striving to preserve, promote and revitalize their neighborhood. His organization does this through partnerships with businesses, institutions and programs that engage residents, increase opportunity, and grow a diverse, thriving community.