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Penelope Giles: Empower Philadelphia neighborhoods to take care of themselves

Penelope Giles, director of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation, 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.

Last Updated (Friday, 24 April 2015 17:21)


Neighborhoods in Flux: A Resource Kit

On Tuesday night, WHYY hosted a public conversation about Philadelphia's changing neighborhoods: how to improve them, how to stay in them, and how to treat your neighbors, whether they're new to the neighborhood or lifelong residents. Unlike some conversations about the topic, this one seemed to be conducted in a spirit of inquiry, rather than one of instruction and counter-instruction. The consensus, if I had to summarize: neighbors and neighborhoods need to work together to make sure that change benefits everybody. To that end, here are a few tools.

Last Updated (Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:06)


City planner Craig Schelter: jobs key to Philly revival; fixing public schools key to keeping newcomers

Craig Schelter worked at the Planning Commission for 15 years and spent 19 years at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. He knows a thing or two about what makes Philly tick and how the city has changed since he moved here in 1968.These days he runs the Development Workshop. Schelter sat down with us in his former office at PIDC to talk shop about tailoring the city's real estate tax abatement program, transit investments, and how lots more jobs are the key to Philly's neighborhood revival.

Last Updated (Monday, 13 April 2015 14:19)


Aine & Emaleigh Doley: Citizens need better tools to improve their neighborhoods [video]

Sisters Aine and Emaleigh Doley, community organizers in Germantown, talk about reconciling Philadelphia's revitalizing neighborhoods with others continuing to struggle with blight and poverty, what the city's trash problem says about us, how citizens need better tools to improve their own neighborhoods, and the slow pace of change.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:06)


When 'Star Wars' as a religious experience goes to extremes

Philadelphia storyteller Katie Samson remembers a date from her grad school days in Tucson, Arizona — a live performance of "Star Wars." The megachurch setting seems artsy and avant garde until she and her boyfriend begin to realize that the "force" they're about to witness is not exactly what Yoda had in mind. 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:25)

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