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Mt. Airy: Zoning Issue Puts Spotlight On Development In Community

Mt. Airy: Zoning Issue Puts Spotlight On Development In Community

Cresheim Road resident Ginny Barnwell had no idea she needed to be concerned after a local construction company bought two homes a few doors from her in February. Barnwell, who’s lived on the 7000 block of Cresheim for more than 20 years, was out walking her dog in May when she saw a sign on […]

 By Tiffany Goforth and Ryan McDonald

Northeast: Frankford Transportation Center Could Become a Community Hub

Northeast: Frankford Transportation Center Could Become a Community Hub

In 1961, Jane Jacobs wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in which she proposed supporting neighborhoods’ use of community-based initiatives. Fast-forward 50 years, and urban planners are taking her observations into serious consideration, as evidenced by the city’s comprehensive plan,  Philadelphia2035, to play up individual neighborhoods’ strengths and improve upon their obstacles to connectivity and access. […]

 By Jade McKenzie

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases Bold Plan for City’s Future

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases Bold Plan for City’s Future

The city has a new vision of renovation that will try to improve challenged neighborhoods, boost tourism revenue and increase city growth in the next 25 years. In a public meeting, the City Planning Commission released its first two district drafts for West Park and Lower South. The drafts include zoning code changes, future land-use plans […]

 By Stephanie Mullen and Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: Parks Create More Than Just Grass

Francisville: Parks Create More Than Just Grass

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 – called […]

 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 Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

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 a great […]

 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 […]