Francisville

 By Autumn Kelly, Jillian Mallon and Priscilla Ward

Fairmount: Meeting Held in Response to Controversial Philadelphia Magazine Article

Fairmount: Meeting Held in Response to Controversial Philadelphia Magazine Article

A public meeting was held Thursday to provide a forum for residents to respond to the Philadelphia Magazine article “Being White in Philly.” Published last month, the article’s content mostly focused on interviews with citizens living in Fairmount and Brewerytown. The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hosted the meeting at Girard College to give these residents […]

 By Autumn Kelly, Priscilla Ward and Jillian Mallon

Francisville: Five Community Organizations Enrich One Block

Francisville: Five Community Organizations Enrich One Block

The uniquely triangular section of Francisville connected by the 1600 blocks of Ridge Avenue and Poplar Street is home to five community outreach organizations. Although the groups offer different services, they share similar goals to provide assistance to the community. Southwest Nustop, a drug and alcohol treatment center on the block, opened its doors to the […]

 By Jillian Mallon

Francisville: Cambridge Street Studios Brings Realist Art to Neighborhood

Francisville: Cambridge Street Studios Brings Realist Art to Neighborhood

[vimeo 60050295] In December 2010 an opportunity arose for three artists who studied in New York City. Anthony Ranalli, Andrew McManus and Jeremy Deck were asked by a former instructor at Grand Central Academy of Art to create a workshop in Philadelphia. The men accepted the challenge and founded Cambridge Street Studios in Francisville. “I dropped what I […]

 By Autumn Kelly

Fairmount: Proposed Bicycle Lane is Up for Residents’ Approval

Fairmount: Proposed Bicycle Lane is Up for Residents’ Approval

[vimeo 59862679] Fairmount residents voted last month to support of a bicycle lane starting at Broad Street heading west. Now the neighborhood awaits approval from Spring Garden and Francisville. These residents will be given the opportunity to vote this week. The idea for a bicycle lane is part of a joint effort between the Bicycle Coalition […]

 By Chelsea Maher and Derrick Q. Lewis

North Philadelphia: Arts Garage Helps Revitalize Francisville

North Philadelphia: Arts Garage Helps Revitalize Francisville

After 30 years of urban blight, the rejuvenation of Francisville has begun, largely thanks to the Arts Garage, an eclectic venue bringing energy and attention back to the North Philadelphia neighborhood. The Arts Garage opened in 2006, but its roots go back to 2001, when the Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative encouraged Philadelphians to take advantage […]

 By Kyle Gauss and Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Local Construction Benefits Community Socially and Economically

Francisville: Local Construction Benefits Community Socially and Economically

It’s hard to walk through the Francisville area without noticing the sudden upswing of construction. It seems that almost every block is experiencing an influx of new houses or newly renovated properties. While some members of the community find this to be a nuisance, the facts show that the community greatly benefits from the new […]

 

Francisville: Project H.O.M.E Offers Homebuying Opportunities

Francisville: Project H.O.M.E Offers Homebuying Opportunities

With its oldest location being located at 1515 Fairmount Ave., Project H.O.M.E has been a staple in the Francisville community for over 20 years. The Francisville location offers 48 rental opportunities, primarily for patrons with a history of mental illness.  However, in addition to that, Project H.O.M.E has dedicated part of its time and efforts […]

 By Kyle Gauss

Francisville: Commercial Redevelopment is Progressing

Francisville: Commercial Redevelopment is Progressing

From an outsider’s perspective, Francisville has always appeared to be living in the shadow of its neighbor, Fairmount.  While Fairmount was developed with high-price townhouses and fancy restaurants, Francisville remained, for the most part, in the same state. That’s not for a lack of trying, however, and recent projects, spearhead by the Francisville Neighborhood Redevelopment […]

 By Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Summer Heat Makes Business Pick Up

Cousins II Pizza and Grill, located at 1500 Ridge Ave., has only been in the area for four months, but is already experiencing a higher demand. Currently, business is not where owner Sam Zayed wants it to be. “It is not bad but could be better,” Zayed said. However, with more people out of school […]

 By Kyle Gauss and Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Church Gives Back to Neighborhood

Francisville: Church Gives Back to Neighborhood

Located in the heart of Francisville, the Church of the Living God has established itself as a staple of the community. Throughout the years, the church has always provided a place for locals to gather in prayer. Recently, however, the church has also become a rallying point for the needy through its multiple assistance programs. […]