Francisville

 By Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Eco-Friendly Restaurant Opens Soon

Francisville: Eco-Friendly Restaurant Opens Soon

[vimeo 24211909] Restaurants highlight a community’s growth. The problem is that opening one takes time. Fare Restaurant, located at 2028 Fairmount Ave., has been in the process since May 2009. Not only do they have the regular troubles of opening, but the owners also have an objective with the place. Their mission is to bring […]

 By Kyle Gauss

Francisville: Running Store Looks to Integrate with Neighborhood

Francisville: Running Store Looks to Integrate with Neighborhood

[vimeo 24189042] A lot of work goes into the selection of a location for a store. Prediction of profits, rent and crime are all variables that need to be considered. While looking for its foothold, Fairmount Running Company, an offshoot of Jenkinstown Running Company, chose to open its store in a locale that was full […]

 By Kyle Gauss and Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Local Recreation Center Serves Community

Francisville: Local Recreation Center Serves Community

The recreation center in Francisville looks like a fairly standard playground at first glance. There’s a swing set, a basketball court and a play set shaped like a train. However, the center is more than that, as it brings the surrounding community together. Located at 737 Francis St., the center is free to the community […]

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: Making Row Homes More Age Friendly

Francisville: Making Row Homes More Age Friendly

[vimeo 22909614] About 8,000 people become 65 years old every day. The people who reach this age in Philadelphia today may be in for a rude awakening when they try to find housing to suit their needs. Row homes have been the most prevalent form of housing in the city for centuries, and as residents age […]

 By Stephanie Mullen and Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: Parks Create More Than Just Grass

Francisville: Parks Create More Than Just Grass

[vimeo 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 the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp. (FNDC). In 2008, Giles decided to assemble a team of five to 10 people […]

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: Revitalization of the North Broad Corridor

Francisville: Revitalization of the North Broad Corridor

“After years of decline, North Broad Street truly is coming back,” said consultants with Orth-Rodgers & Associates, Inc. and three other firms in a transportation and access study presented to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. The revitalization of North Broad Street began close to City Hall but is slowly creeping upward toward Francisville – which […]

 By Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: Does A Better Future Await?

Francisville: Does A Better Future Await?

  Although the newly emerging “Philadelphia 2035” is a comprehensive plan to energize this historic city for more improvements over the next 24 years some of the improvements will be visible within the next year in many neighborhoods including Francisville. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is developing “Philadelphia 2035.” The CPC created a website, phila2035.org, […]

 By Stephanie Mullen and Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: The New ‘It’ Place To Live?

Francisville: The New ‘It’ Place To Live?

“Francisville is a good model for a mixture of housing types and a mixture of income levels coexisting in the same neighborhood,” said Richard Redding, director of community planning at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. This has been a prevalent trend in the real estate community in this small, historic neighborhood. There have been recent […]

 By Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: New Eco-Friendly Apartments Coming to the Area

Ridge Avenue: New Eco-Friendly Apartments Coming to the Area

[vimeo 21961403] In 2009, Michael Tucker was one of a handful of students from the Miles School of Business Credit chosen to participate in a special program, The Vineyards at 16th. Located on 16th and Ridge Avenue, The Vineyards are all-green, high-rise apartment complexes. Tucker is the sustainable designer. He makes sure that the complexes are […]

 By Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

[vimeo 22026603] Katie Searl hoped to cut back on the use of her car by moving to the city last year. The Francisville resident works across the street from her home–making for an easy vehicle-free commute. She said she’d hardly use her car at all if it weren’t for trips to the grocery store. Like […]