• 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 Francisville NDC's Penelope Giles

When Penelope Giles grew up in Francisville it was a bustling, middle-class neighborhood. Since she moved home to Francisville 15 years ago Giles has worked to turn the neighborhood back into an attractive, economically diverse place as director of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation. In this week’s Streetviews Q&A Giles talks about the importance of empowering neighborhoods to take care of themselves, the opportunities that stem from implementing a land value tax structure, and her hopes for Philly to live up to its motto: being a place of true brotherly love and sisterly affection.

  • Penelope Giles: Founding director of Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Neighborhood: Francisville
  • Local Landmark: William Penn on top of City Hall Tower, especially because of Penn’s layered historical connections to Francisville
  • Three Words to describe Philadelphia: Unique. Unrealized. Inspiring.

Interviewed Spring 2015

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from September 2015 until July 2017. She is interested in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. She holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

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


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