As a longtime resident of the Tacony-Mayfair-Holmesburg area, I grow frustrated daily seeing what's become of previous attempts to bring public landscape into the Mayfair-Frankford Avenue area. What started as well-intentioned, the concrete planters of the Mayfair Community Development Corp., have detracted from, rather than enhance the appearance of the business district. Poor execution in plant selection and not planting and filling them properly has resulted in a disaster that stretches from Harbison Ave to Rhawn St as they've become unsightly, substitute trash bins. Some of the trees have even been cut leaving two-foot stumps.
Out of concern for my community and disgusted by the obvious politics of the neighborhood civic, I submitted my own grant proposal to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for their 2015 Neighborhood Placemaker Grant, part of their Civic Landscapes Initiative to remedy this plaguing neighborhood problem. As part of my proposal, I offer several different ways to engage various factions of the community to increase participation and pride resulting in the initial execution and longer-term sustainability of this project, not mere temporary fixes.
The following is a copy of my grant Letter of Intention.
Neighborhood Placemaker Grants
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 21. Neighborhood Placemaker Grants offer a funding opportunity for impactful projects that answer the question: how can you make your neighborhood uniquely beautiful through horticulture?
Robert Quartucci Jr
34xx Friendship St
Philadelphia, PA 19149
I am a former Philadelphia Flower Show major floral design exhibitor from 1996-2003, as owner of Designs In Bloom. Sat on the PHS Flower Show Advisory Board for a few years in the late 90's into 2K. Two years, City Gardens judge. Consider Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt, of Schaffer Designs close personal friends and have worked on their exhibit the last several years. I am a long-term, currently-renting, resident of the Tacony-Mayfair-Holmesburg area for over 30 years, while was raised in suburban Hatboro-Horsham. I have been in the active background of civic involvement projects for the last 25. Served on the Pastorial Council of St. Dominic's RC Church in Holmesburg and Chaired the Art & Environment Committee responsible for weekly and seasonal church and altar decorating, and instrumental in the funding, painting and remodelling design decisions for both Main Church and Adoration Chapel thru the mid 90's into early 2K's.
Currently a member of the Mayfair Civic Association, but not assigned or appointed to any committee or leadership post. Have expressed desire to work with them extensively, but my only contact on this is Jim Ortlieb, Chair of the Clean-up Committee. In Sept of 2013, provided him a 30+page plan of possible drought-tolerant, zonally-suitable perennial plants with color specimen photos to choose either in combination, color, or varied incorporating bloom cycle and winter interest. To date no action has taken place. Recently alerted him as to your Placemaker Grant as a funding mechanism to remedy a highly visible community problem. I am not privy to the inner politics of Mayfair Civic Association, Mayfair Community Development Corp, Mayfair Business Association, TownWatch or the newly-formed Mayfair Clean-up & Beautification Group on facebook or their advancement and endorsement of current office holders or a particular party agenda.
My desire to apply for this grant is to ensure the following project be properly thought-out, funded, supervised and executed, in the spirit of community-service and civic responsibility for the betterment of the entire Mayfair community I choose to call home.
2) What’s your idea? Tell us about your project.
To use this grant money to give Mayfair a makeover reinvigorating the economic and physical environment of the Mayfair-Frankford Avenue commercial/residential corridor by best utilizing existing resources, services and materials through engaging public lanscape design with long-term community benefits and continued civic involvement.
|Lincoln students are perennial exhibitors at the Phila.|
Flower Show. This is their 2014 exhibit.
for a great lesson in community service
and civic pride.
6) If you have an idea of costs, let us know. This can be a rough estimate.