Francisville: Urbanstead Farm Teaches Neighbors About Food, Responsibility

Francisville: Urbanstead Farm Teaches Neighbors About Food, Responsibility

When Urbanstead founder Lisa Gaidanowicz was given a plot of land in Francisville to create a farm a few years ago, she didn’t realize it might be the first time neighborhood residents saw food coming from soil. “To you and me, an urban farm is a really big garden,” she said. “You don’t really find […]

 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 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 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 […]

 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

[vimeo 20480119]   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 […]

 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 […]