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    • Rendering of the Destination Frankford Gallery, opening April 19, and the park next door, to be completed next year.

Using art, creativity - and free food and music - to make Frankford a destination

A vacant Frankford storefront will this weekend become a pop-up gallery. Its first exhibit - art created from trash and other discarded items - is metaphoric for the ongoing adaptive reuse…

    • Northwood Frankford Community Y, February 2014

Frankford Y forging an unlikely path back from the brink

The stately brownstone mansion at Leiper and Arrott streets is cold and dark, the front yard-turned-parking-lot is snowy, and the intersection is quiet though it is nearly rush hour at the…

    • Frankford Creek Greenway, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia City Planning Commission

City seeks input on Frankford Creek Greenway

When the city released the Philadelphia Trail Master Plan this summer, it identified Frankford Creek Greenway, section A, as the second highest priority trail for development. Wasting no time, the Planning…

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ABOUT FRANKFORD

Frankford, once land owned by Quakers, is a neighborhood in the lower Northeast section of Philadelphia. The neighborhood spans from Aramingo Avenue to Adams Avenue and from Roosevelt Boulevard to Cheltenham Avenue. The name Frankford likely comes from William Penn’s business with a group of Quaker Businessmen. Penn sold the “Manor of Frank” to the Quakers who were apart of the “Society of Free Traders”. By 1683 the main road through Frankford, King’s Highway, carried troops from Rhode Island to Virginia to establish a decisive victory over for the Americans at Yorktown. Today Kings Highway is one of the oldest country roads still in use. By the 1700’s Frankford was home to numerous estates belonging to prominent Philadelphia families, however by the industrial revolution many, if not all, of these country estates were destroyed in order to make way for factories and other industrial centers. There is also evidence that Frankford played an important role in the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with one of its prominent residents, Dr. Enoch Edwards, hosting an after party in which Jefferson and others were said to be in attendance. Nowadays Frankford continues to progress economically with the development of prominent shopping outlets along Frankford Avenue and easy access to center city through its SEPTA station. In recent years the area has seen its fair share of crime and drug abuse, however many residents are hopeful that the gentrification that renewed Kensington and Fishtown’s environment will spread north to Frankford. 

RESOURCES 

Historical Society of Frankford

The Frankford Gazette

Frankford Wikipedia Article

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