CIVITAS (Back to Erie, Inc.) undertakes aesthetic and functional interventions in public space to foster a thriving, sustainable community.  To that end, CIVITAS convened SAM & ED, an ad hoc “think tank” from which groups were formed to work on urban design, preservation, transportation and economic development.  Founded in 2004 by Lisa Austin, Stephen Sonnenberg and Laurel Swartz, the landscape architect Michael Beightol joined in 2012 and cultural critic Lindsey Gearhart in 2013.

Office Hour: Fridays mornings from 9:00 – 10:00 in Masonic Temple Building Suite 605, 32 West 8th Street in Erie, PA.

Email: Lisa@civitaserie.com