About the Project

The Explore Eastern North Tours project is the result of the long-standing, collaborative partnership between Dr. Lynn Mandarano, Associate Professor in the City and Regional Planning and Community Development program at Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, and Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM). 

Together, Dr. Mandarano and APM continue to identify projects designed to engage Temple University Students, residents, community stakeholders, and APM staff in conducting research and developing initiatives in service to the Eastern North Philadelphia communities. Previous projects have included conducting an ethnographic analysis on residents' sense and meaning of place, creating a green neighborhood toolkit, and developing an economic development strategic plan.  

Since 2019, students in the capstone Community Development Workshop course have built upon the work of previous cohorts with the goal of supporting residents to build community capacity and community identity around the commercial corridors in APM’s service catchment.  Each year, projects center direct engagement with community members with the goal of empowering residents and organizations to express and accomplish their shared neighborhood goals.


Explore Eastern North Walking Tours

In spring 2021, the Community Development Workshop continued in partnership with Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha's (APM)  and expanded scope of partnerships to include LISC Philadelphia and Cieba

Building off of previous cohorts, 2021 students worked across seven teams in developing an intersecting set of three walking tours and titled the project Explore Eastern North Walking Tours. 

Two additional historic walking tours were created for Lehigh Avenue and North 5th Street. Students rebranded the 2020 project, Discover Germantown Avenue Walking Tour and renamed it Explore Germantown Avenue for continuity with the project's overall design and partners’ initiatives.  

Through archival research and community interviews, students designated new historic sites to feature on each tour.  The team then developed corresponding tour maps, guide brochures, and site posters.  Additionally, the team built and rebranded websites for each tour.  The websites features profiles for the historic sites along with supplementary neighborhood information.  

As community member-led tours and in-person events were postponed, the spring 2021 cohort designed tours to be self-guided and created a self-guided engagement activity for participants.   

Watch this video about the Eastern North Philadelphia Walking Tours 


  • Archival Research
  • GIS/Demographics/Mapping
  • Interviews and Storytelling
  • Posters and Graphics
  • Website
  • Community Engagement Planning
  • Video


  • Dylan Brown - Archival Research, Posters and Graphics*, Community Engagement Planning
  • Michael Brozyno - Interviews and Storytelling*, Community Engagement Planning, Website
  • Devon Burke - Interviews and Storytelling, Posters and Graphics, Community Engagement Planning, Website
  • Gianna Colantuono - Archival Research, Interviews and Storytelling, Community Engagement Planning*
  • Porter Crumpton - GIS/Demographics/Mapping, Posters and Graphics, Website
  • Sarah Golderhammer - GIS/Demographics/Mapping*, Archival Research, Posters and Graphics
  • Nayezge Heyer - GIS/Demographics/Mapping, Archival Research, Community Engagement Planning
  • Matt Hilferty - Archival Research, Interviews and Storytelling*, Community Engagement Planning
  • Connor Kennedy - Video, Posters and Graphics*, Website
  • Emily Laughlin - Interviews and Storytelling, Video, Website*
  • Connor Muise - Archival Research, Interviews and Storytelling, Video
  • Emily Murphy - Archival Research*, Interviews and Storytelling, Website 
  • Nico Pastore - Archival Research, Interviews and Storytelling, Translation
  • Anne Roe - Posters and Graphics, Community Engagement Planning, Website
  • Lucy Smith - GIS/Demographics/Mapping, Archival Research, Posters and Graphics
  • Megan Storm - GIS/Demographics/Mapping, Interviews and Storytelling, Website
  • Chidera Udeh - Posters and Graphics, Community Engagement Planning, Website

*Team Leaders

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About the Project