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the intersect

About Us

Doing Cool Things With Cool People

The Intersect partners with  diverse members of the business, residential, governmental, nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Our goal is to give shape to how they envision the future. A key result of this collaborative process is the creation of active and equitable communities.

The Intersect helps to solve problems so that neighborhoods can achieve their full cultural and economic potential. We act as an agent for the business community while serving as a lobbyist for residents. 

Community development requires leveraging resources. The Intersect brokers candid community-driven conversations between institutions and residents that lead to revitalized neighborhoods. 

We value the gifts, resources, skills, and knowledge that already exist in the community. Our goal is to then capture the “cool” in the communities we serve. Bringing together the unique, fun and lively characteristics of a neighborhood with, and through, the coolness of the people that live there.

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Our Mission

The Intersect  creates connections between individuals and institutions to build and implement initiatives that revitalize neighborhoods.

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— The Process + The Focus —

How We Work

The Process

Transparency and equity are central to any community planning process. The Intersect builds confidence in all participants in this process by facilitating candid, community-focused conversations. 

We use a specific, yet flexible, methodology to assess a neighborhood’s capacity. We then plan practical actions to develop the community with collective resources.

We leverage relationships, both new and long-standing, to increase economic and cultural opportunities. We also harness these relationships to help create and sustain clean, safe, and vibrant neighborhoods.

The Intersect’s inclusive development plans in residential communities and commercial corridors focus on practical outcomes such as: the retention and creation of economic activity, increase access to resources, and grow foot traffic.

The Focus

Business Development

We supply one-on-one technical consulting to small business owners

Community Engagement

We work with local residents, businesses, diverse institutions and property owners to ensure fair and equitable development

Corridor Development

We provide commercial corridor management and planning

Physical Development

We improve streetscape conditions while initiating beautification initiatives

Project Management

We manage the completion of tasks, resources, and activities identified to complete an initiative in a specified timeframe

Real Estate Development

We create, lead, facilitate, and develop real estate development projects to advance neighborhood revitalization

About Akeem Dixon

As founder of The Intersect, Akeem breaks down limiting silos with a proven track record of building effective partnerships that develop and advance a shared community vision.

With a background in economic development, branding, and project management, Akeem’s expertise enables local government, resident, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to collaborate. He has implemented innovative commercial corridor revitalization activities that have spurred economic and retail development, job creation, sustainability, blight and litter reduction, retail and restaurant site selection, business attraction, and crime reduction.

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— What We're Doing —

Featured Projects

Chinatown's Future Histories Project

The Rail Park in Philadelphia is  one of a cohort of adaptive reuse park projects around the country

In previous conditions around the Rail Park, the lack of local organizing, public awareness and accountability, clarity around the impact of the project on economically vulnerable populations, and most importantly the lack of a plan to address the equity concerns, combine to create an environment which will engender displacement and disenfranchisement of vulnerable residents, businesses and institutions.

As future phases of the park will cut through other Philadelphia neighborhoods, the project has implications across the city. 

Chinatown’s Futures Histories Project resulted in a clear, actionable set of recommendations for an equitable development model in Chinatown that can also be used in other neighborhoods and cities.

The project engaged multiple stakeholders, including the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Planning and Development, members of City Council, Chinatown community members and institutions, Friends of the Rail Park, PolicyLink’s All-In Cities project committee members in Philadelphia, Center City District, area developers, and thought leaders and advocates for equitable development.

The Intersect provided project management,  strategy development, and community engagement for this initiative.

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Ask Akeem: Community Forum

Learn about community resources and initiatives

Communities are made up of a collection of visionaries: Stakeholders (residents, city officials, non profits, entrepreneurs, and property owners) with varying perspectives that have a passion for the area.


ASK AKEEM provides stakeholders with the opportunity to learn what resources are available and ways to implement them to make a shared and equitable vision materialize right before our eyes.


ASK AKEEM which, can be viewed on WHYY and Generocity.org does just that. It places a name (and face) to the resource while examining an issue that is affiliated with the development of our communities.  During each segment, decision makers and programming that provide solutions are highlighted while viewers will be equipped with the tools to make equitable development come into focus.

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Cecil B. Moore Corridor Management

Beech Community Services

The Intersect collaborates with Beech Community Services to improve the quality of life as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for residents and businesses along the 1400 to 2400 blocks of  Cecil B. Moore Avenue. 

The Intersect provides corridor management to help revitalize the commercial corridor. This includes  economic development activities designed to assist businesses with the creation of a clean, safe, attractive and welcoming neighborhood.

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Let’s start a conversation that can lead to amazing transformations for our communities and ourselves.

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(484) 402-6279
900 N 19th Street, #3303
Philadelphia, PA 19130