• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Streetviews: Q&A with the Community Design Collaborative's Beth Miller

We continue our Streetviews video series with Beth Miller, director of the Community Design Collaborative, who shares her insights on the dual challenges of vacancy and poverty reduction, the power of citizen planners, and why bringing change in Philly is about playing the long game.

  • Beth Miller: Executive Director, Community Design Collaborative
  • Home Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
  • Favorite Place: Rittenhouse Square, “because you have the whole cycle of life there, from little kids with older people and everybody has a place to enjoy.”
  • Three words to describe Philly: Authentic. Historic. Energized.
  • Local Landmark: City Hall’s yellow clock face in the evening – “a metropolis moment.”
  • Local Heroes: Reverends Lang and Moore of Mt. Tabor AME in East Poplar. Two “tenacious community leaders…who worked with the city to acquire vacant land for over 10 years, acquired it, and had this awesome vision for senior housing

Interviewed Summer 2014

Streetviews is a video Q&A series with some of Philadelphia’s bright neighborhood, design, and nonprofit leaders, discussing the city’s biggest opportunities and toughest challenges as part of PlanPhilly’s Agenda 2015 election coverage. 

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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