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    • Walking Uptown, 16th and Ridge

Francisville downzoning objections come to Council too late

The public comment period near the end of each City Council session is rarely a forum for reasoned criticisms of pending legislation. If a critic enjoys the clout or the know-how,…

    • Cameron Square: 19th and Wylie streets, March 2017 | ISA

Development proposal revived, revised for Francisville's largest vacant property

Redevelopment for Francisville's largest vacant property, a 1.5-acre site across from Francisville Rec Center where a paint factory once stood, could move ahead after a years-long wait. Last week the Philadelphia City…

    • North District Plan: focus area map, March 2017 | courtesy of Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Planning Commission updated on North District plan, supports West Poplar and TOD zoning changes

Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission unfolded briskly, with all of the bills considered by the commission getting recommended—with the exception of an “urban topiary encroachment” on 3rd Street just north…

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ABOUT FRANCISVILLE

Francisville, once home to William Penn’s personal vineyard, is a neighborhood split between Central and Lower North Philadelphia. Bounded by Ridge Avenue to Francis Street and 19th Street to Girard Avenue, Francisville used to be home to “Springettsbury Manor," an estate sources say William Penn had planted grapes with the intent to make wine. Penn’s vineyard experiment was short lived because, by the time he returned to the area in 1699, the plants had died. Vineyard Street within Francisville pays tribute to Penn’s winery experiment. The earliest record of a settlement called “Francisville” is only in 1839, leading historians to believe that before the area was called Francisville, it was actually called “Vineyard," again referencing William Penn. Today Francisville is easily recognized from an aerial view because of its opposite street grid, in which the streets run East to West rather then North to South. This is because the neighborhood was built running perpendicular to Ridge Road, an ancient Native American trail. Today Ridge Road still exists as Ridge Avenue. In recent years the area has seen its fair share of crime and drug abuse, but groups like the Francisville CDC and the Concerned Citizens of Francisville continue to fight to preserve and celebrate the area’s rich history. 

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History of Francisville [pdf]


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