Francisville

 By Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: Food Bucks and Farmers Markets

Francisville: Food Bucks and Farmers Markets

More than 35 percent of adults living in Philadelphia County are obese, according to the Public Health Management Corp. Representatives from the Department of Public Health said a lack of access to fresh and affordable foods in many Philadelphia neighborhoods may be to blame for this high number. In response to shocking stats like this […]

 By Stephanie Mullen and Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: An End to Vacant Lots?

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 of the first comprehensive plan for the city called “Philadelphia 2035.” The plan entails how the commission intends to improve […]

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: Finding Food

Francisville: Finding Food

The CVS Pharmacy at Broad Street and Girard Avenue in Francisville is rarely empty. Dozens of customers stream in and out during the business day. Some walk out toting the usual – soaps, first aid items or paper products, and some exit carrying large bags filled with groceries. Aaron Dilliplane, who has been living in […]

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: Development Provides Housing to Seniors and Families

Francisville: Development Provides Housing to Seniors and Families

  The 1500 block of Poplar Street didn’t look like much two years ago. It was home to a few vacant lots, some abandoned properties and a junkyard one resident called a “horrible eyesore.” But thanks to Francisville residents, community groups and developers it is now home to Francisville East, a 44-unit affordable housing development. […]

 By Stephanie Mullen and Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: History Stays Alive at The Met

Francisville: History Stays Alive at The Met

Francisville is filled with a rich history from William Penn, the Divine Lorraine Hotel and the Metropolitan Opera House, which is also referred to as the Met. Oscar Hammerstein brought this opera franchise to Broad Street in the early 1900s. The Met has had many owners and experienced many different venue types. First the Met […]

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: 16th and Poplar Project Almost Finished

Francisville: 16th and Poplar Project Almost Finished

The Francisville East development at 16th and Poplar streets is nearly finished, developers said. Community Ventures, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, broke ground on the project last February – a time when construction projects were at a standstill all over the city. Developers are confident the project will be completed by March. Francisville East includes […]

 By Stephanie Mullen and Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: Sidewalk Talk

Francisville: Sidewalk Talk

You may notice some sidewalk construction in Francisville this month. Some areas of sidewalk in the neighborhood are cracked or noticeably missing, with pebbles and grass peeking out from beneath the snow. But several streetscape projects are currently underway to fix the problem. The Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp. and People for People Inc. noted the […]

 By Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: Green Housing Development Planned for 16th and Ridge

Francisville: Green Housing Development Planned for 16th and Ridge

The corner of 16th Street and Ridge Avenue is now largely vacant, but not for long. A group of private stakeholders announced they will begin construction on an LEED-certified housing development at the Francisville intersection. The proposed development – called the Vineyards at 16th – will feature 20 three-family townhomes with eco amenities including hydronic […]