Tya Winn takes helm at Philly Community Design Collaborative

The success that made her believe

Winn’s first triumph that made her think she could use design to change a community happened soon after she began working at Logan CDC in 2012.

Parklets, parks created in former parallel parking spaces, were popping up in University City. Logan CDC and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities were behind the project. The parklets were all in traditional commercial corridors outside of restaurants, and they were functioning mainly as additional outdoor dining.

Winn reimagined the concept for the Logan Branch of The Free Library of Philadelphia. She wanted to create a space for people to read, work or just enjoy a public space. It was not a typical project at the time, but she convinced her boss at the CDC to let her do it.

“I was like, ‘Well, I’ll do the whole brand,’” she said. “I don’t need your grant writer.

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