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Francisville (Northern Portion)

    • Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Benjamin Franklin Parkway Action Plan

Over the past decade a great deal of work has been completed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway -- improvements to pedestrian crossings, addition of bike lanes, and planting new street trees.…

    • Philadelphia Housing Authority unveils its first LEED-Certified development in North Philadelphia

Philadelphia Housing Authority unveils its first LEED-Certified development in North Philadelphia

PHA press releaseThe Philadelphia Housing Authority has taken another step into the future with the grand opening of its first high-performance, LEED-certified green development, the new Norris Apartments.This dedication…

    • UPDATED: The Imperative Divine Lorraine

UPDATED: The Imperative Divine Lorraine

The revitalization on North Broad Street is being held back by the Divine Lorraine’s blighting dead weight. But Mayor Nutter announced the city’s renewed commitment to “transform” the historic, but neglected,…

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ABOUT FRANCISVILLE (NORTHERN PORTION)

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]

UPCOMING EVENTS IN FRANCISVILLE (NORTHERN PORTION)

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