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New Role at BAPA Inspires New View of Neighborhood

By Margie Gonwa, Interim BAPA Executive Director 

(September 2014) -- For 25 years, my husband and I have lived in Beverly Hills/Morgan Park in the one and only home we've ever owned. Like so many of the families our age, older and younger, we raised our children here, and, like so many of our neighbors who commute to their jobs, left from here every workday morning. I've worked for government and neighborhood-based organizations, and I believe that I know the city pretty well, but after one short month as Interim Executive Director for the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), I realize how little I know about my own neighborhood and how much it depends on BAPA.

What a revelation!