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Lancaster City Alliance is a non-profit that cultivates partnerships with business, local communities, the arts, education, non-profits, and government to ensure Lancaster is a clean, safe, and vibrant City for all.
  • "When Voodoo Brewery was exploring opening a location outside of Western PA, Lancaster City Alliance convinced us that Lancaster has the vibrancy we were looking for and the type of environment where we would thrive."
    - Andrew Volanski, Manager, Voodoo Brewery Lancaster

  • Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

    "As co-owner of The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24, I appreciate how the Lancaster City Alliance works with merchants to troubleshoot issues facing the local business community."
    - Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

  • Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

    "The West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Group has benefited so much from the efforts of Lancaster City Alliance. Thanks to their efforts we can proudly say that West Lancaster Jewels is “Love Where We Live,” as we have some of the most blocks adopted in the City of Lancaster.”
    - Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

  • Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

    "The Lancaster City Alliance is a ground-breaker in promoting small, local businesses making our city vibrant and safe. They are visionaries, promoters, and connectors."
    - Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

  • Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

    "The Lancaster City Alliance team worked with me to find the perfect location for my store and helped to promote the launch of my new enterprise."
    - Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

Neighborhood Connector: Luis D. Torres

Name:  Luis D. Torres
Neighborhood Group: Southeast Lancaster City/South Duke Str Corridor (Elm Street Project) – Atlantic Avenue/North Street Neighborhood

Your work as one of the leaders in your Neighborhood Group is important because: 

It allows me the unique, yet high level of responsibility of being an advocate of the youth and families that we serve to bring about lasting improvements to a community/neighborhood.

Challenges that you are facing in your neighborhood right now:

Poverty                     Abandoned Buildings       Subpar housing conditions

Trash in Streets      Poor lighting                       High Speed traffic (S Duke Street)

Alleys                        Dropout Rate                      Post-secondary Opportunity

Sidewalk safety     Underused Open Space  Lack of Public Art (CPTED)

Positive Youth Programming (we currently serve up 100 kids a night at The Mix at Arbor Place during the school year yet the need for more structured activities and program space are needed to accommodate the increasing number of school-aged youth in our extended neighborhood.)

What are some of the rewards from being a neighborhood connector in your Group:

Being able to advocate for a productive and strong linkages between the 3 P’s (Place, People, Partnerships).

Can you give a specific example of how your neighborhood has worked together?

  1. Hosting of several community discussions and events dealing with a variety of subjects – such as Community Policing, Trash Pick-up & sub-par housing conditions allowed by absentee landlords – The discussions have laid down the foundation for the implementation of an action plan.
  2. Able to represent South East Lancaster/South Duke Street Corridor efforts via the Elm Street Steering committee and assist with programming and sustainability efforts through a collaborative effort.

What is your secret to meeting new neighbors and welcoming them into the community?

Quite the opposite – I consider it a blessing and privilege to be able to interact with our neighbors – it is I that am being welcomed into a neighbor’s circle.  If I pride myself in being an advocate, then I must listen to every concern that my neighbor shares with me. —- but on my part – to always be the same fun-loving person and to acknowledge every person’s unique story.

Favorite way to spend a day with family, or friends in Lancaster City:

If it involves laughter then I’m all in…
In Lancaster City  I would have to say that I simply just enjoy interacting with people

  • The Musser Park Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration is always a must
  • My wife & I enjoy the plethora of local food & cultural restaurants – Sa La Thai, El Friquitin, La Costena, Grub n’ Stuff & Rachel’s Creperie among others.
  • Driving around and trying to find the Dulce de Coco (coconut candy) guy is a game that my kids and I enjoy – the best sweet treat in Lancaster.
  • Watching the Roberto Clemente Softball League’s annual “World Softball Classic” at Culliton Park.
  • Checking out the happenings of The Mix at Arbor Place (National Night Out Block Party, Soccer, Basketball, Afterschool Programming, Tennis, etc)
  • Checking out my favorite artists, Lourdes Torres-Shepard & Kathy Blouch, work on first Friday’s at Annex 24.
  • And my family is always drawn to the shops of BUiLDiNG CHARACTER… We love that place!
  • ending the day with coffee from Perkup Coffee Company



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