Joyce Smith is Viola Street Resident Association's Community Development Coordinator and a Viola Street resident. "We started out as a block association," says Joyce, "We have extended our boundaries to communicate with our neighbors on Leidy Street, Thompson Street, and Parkside Avenue."
VSRA had already been working to reclaim their historic blocks in East Parkside when they came to the Collaborative for design help.
Viola Street was quick to set its new plan in motion, working with Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia to restore windows and porches on historic homes and with the Neighborhood Garden Trust to expand its community garden.
In October 2014, Project Reclaim was unanimously accepted by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission as a neighborhood plan.