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Francisville: Parks Create More Than Just Grass

https://vimeo.com/22909418] A cleaning and greening initiative has swept Philadelphia including the small, historic neighborhood of Francisville. Vacant lots in Francisville are disappearing at a surprisingly fast rate thanks in part to Penelope Giles, founder of […]


Francisville: An End to Vacant Lots?

“Francisville is filled with vacant lots and we are working hard to stabilize them,” said Penelope Giles, the president of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp. Recently, the Planning Commission of Philadelphia has released a draft […]

North Philadelphia

Francisville: The Vineyard

Though many Philadelphians lump Francisville in with Fairmount or Spring Garden, any resident will tell you the neighborhood’s history sets it apart. In the late 1600s Francisville was home to “Springettsbury Manor,” an estate historians […]