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June 17, 2004 | BY ELMER SMITH
THE PEOPLE who laid out Francisville two centuries ago didn't care much for the city's plan. So they angled their little village away from Philadelphia's 100-year-old grid and cut their streets to run parallel with and perpendicular to Ridge Avenue. If you turn your head sideways, it's easy to spot it in the middle of the city's checkerboard grid. But you have to take a walk to really see Francisville's off-kilter layout. Narrow, tree-lined streets like Shirley, Vineyard, Francis, and Edwin that don't exist anywhere else in town are contained by the neighborhood's main borders: Corinthian Street and Ridge, Girard and Fairmount avenues.
REAL_ESTATE
January 26, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Land values in Philadelphia's Francisville neighborhood are beginning to take off, and MJL Properties is capitalizing on that trend. Real estate developer Michael J. Loonstyn, wife Andrea and father William run the family business, MJL Properties, out of offices in Francisville that are on the ground floor of their newest apartment complex, at 831-849 N. 19th St. Francisville's boundaries run east-west from Corinthian Avenue to Broad Street and...
NEWS
June 26, 2013
An unidentified man was fatally shot Monday night in the Francisville section of North Philadelphia, police said. About 10:50 p.m., police responded to calls of gunfire in the area of Francis and Perkiomen Streets and found the mortally wounded victim, police said. Police rushed him to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:10 p.m. Police reported no arrests. - Robert Moran
NEWS
June 30, 2011
Philadelphia police have charged a Francisville man in the June 18 slaying of a North Philadelphia grocer. Darnell Griffin, 21, of Francis Street near 17th Street, was arrested Sunday, police said. Police said Griffin and two accomplices tried to rob Los Ingenitos, a small grocery in the 2400 block of North Ninth Street. After a struggle, Griffin repeatedly shot owner Felix Rodriguez, police said. Rodriguez died at the scene. - Staff report  
NEWS
February 28, 2012
One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting early Monday in the city's Francisville section, police said. Nyere Jordan, 24, of the 1700 block of West Girard Avenue, was found about 12:20 a.m. in the 1700 block of Wylie Street with bullet wounds to his back and one side, police said. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m. The second victim, a 21-year-old man, was reported in stable condition at Temple University Hospital with a wound to the wrist.
NEWS
October 9, 1987 | By ANN GERHART, Daily News Staff Writer
Ruth Moore was wheeling her neighbor's shopping cart down the street to get 15 brilliant mums for her block's Japanese sitting garden on Corinthian Avenue. Archie Tarpley was harvesting trash from his side yard at Uber and Brown streets. "They mistake my lot for a junkyard, and it makes me hot," he muttered. Maryellen Williams was around the corner, sweeping unseen dirt in her bare feet and picking dead marigolds off the window boxes. And Janet Farrell was scolding Ned McGuire.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
From his second-floor window Monday afternoon, Vincent Ean eyed the vacant lot across North 16th Street. Men in suits circled a white tent. Ean snapped a photo with his smartphone and sent it to his fiancee. Last October, they bought their condo in Francisville for $262,500. He works in marketing and telecommutes for a company in New York. Progress in Francisville, he said, is apparent on a week-to-week basis. "It's growing," Ean said. "There are so many other neighborhoods in Philly.
NEWS
August 4, 2010
Among their complaints, some Francisville residents say that the wheelchair-accessible lifts at the front of their homes create a mess that's hard to clean. Residents say that the lifts at the 18 wheelchair-accessible units break an average of once or twice a year, but that the company that makes them is quick to fix them. The Philadelphia Housing Authority can install either a lift or a ramp, depending on the property location, space and design, said spokesman Kirk Dorn. "Handicap accessibility is needed, but they're not doing it in a good manner," said Seth Trance, 30, who is on Francisville's zoning board.
NEWS
November 13, 2012 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
WINDING ROSES PARK in Francisville has for years been "a place of celebration. " The lush "arts garden" includes mosaic tiles on stone tables and benches with rosebushes around it, along with an elegant mural on the wall with giant pink roses at the bottom and smaller ones that spiral up a brick trellis. "It's a beautiful oasis," Una Vee Bruce, a longtime Francisville community activist, said of the park. When it opened in the 1990s, neighbors celebrated birthdays and graduations there.
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NEWS
September 5, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Jean A. Beasley Bullard, 84, of North Philadelphia, a former judge of elections and senior church worker who made it a point to pray for those in need, died Friday, Aug. 26, of a lung ailment at Lankenau Medical Center. Mrs. Bullard was a distinguished member of Jones Memorial Community Church of God in Christ, 3050 N. 22nd St. Because of her influence, she was known to parishioners as "Mother Bullard. " "Mother Bullard was loving, compassionate, and charitable," her family wrote in a tribute.
REAL_ESTATE
August 22, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Amit Azoulay is seated in the living room of a condo at 1512-18 Frankford Ave., explaining that, after completing 18 development projects, with four more on the horizon, he still considers himself an artist. "I have been painting all of my life," said Azoulay, who came to Philadelphia in 1999 from Haifa, Israel, to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Azoulay says his artistry is closer to architecture. "As a kid, I designed all kinds of buildings and 'dream houses,' " he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2016
One by one, the totems of poverty that once dotted Philadelphia's urban landscape have been disappearing. Since the late '90s, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has imploded 23 public housing towers and replaced them with traditional rowhouses. On March 19, two more of those alien towers, the Norman Blumberg Apartments, will be reduced to dust in the North Philadelphia neighborhood the PHA has dubbed Sharswood. This time, however, the housing authority's ambitions are much bigger than usual.
NEWS
August 24, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
The keys to the shackles of a serial killer. The fragments of a dead man's gun. A "Stop Snitching" street sign. Crime-scene photos and courtroom sketches. Mass cards and thank-you notes. Into boxes it all went. After a dozen years as a city prosecutor, a dozen years gutting out the worst of the worst cases, a dozen years in the voracious maw, Brendan O'Malley had decided to move on. There is never an easy time to leave one's calling, and it was a decision the East Falls father of two had suffered through.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JEFF COPELAND prefers to take his runs outside, on the streets of Francisville. "You get to be a part of humanity that way," Copeland said last night. "You get to see what's going on. " It's an appropriate observation, given the last four years - the time since his release from prison. Copeland, 39, was thrust into the spotlight yesterday when President Obama met with him and then mentioned him by name as an example in his address to the NAACP national convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Near the end of President Obama's speech Tuesday before the NAACP convention, Jeffrey Copeland heard the president tell the thousands at the Convention Center how the Francisville man had been arrested six times before his 35th birthday. Copeland, a 39-year-old full-time criminology student at Temple University, was stunned. "I didn't know that he was going to put it out like that," Copeland said Tuesday night. "I got a little choked up. It's one thing to hear yourself say it. It's one thing to say it to another person.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
What used to be a bare pool deck at Francisville Playground in North Philadelphia was reminiscent Wednesday of a small beach scene: Neighborhood children splashed in the water, and their parents lounged alongside palm trees, umbrellas, and an elevated seating area that looked something like a boardwalk. Just last week, a group of designers, urban planners, and city officials had transformed the public pool's facade. Using funds from a $297,000 grant from the Miami-based Knight Foundation, local urban planner Ben Bryant and his team brought in greenery and seating areas to redesign the space, dubbing it the "Pop-Up Pool" project.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IN SOME Philadelphia neighborhoods, economic revitalization is in full bloom, with new housing springing up like colorful flowers. But those flowers often come with price tags that put them far out of reach for the average city dweller. That's why city officials yesterday gathered on a vacant city-owned lot in Francisville to announce the latest step in a plan to make new housing units affordable to more people in areas that are moving on up. "Essentially, today we're rolling out the first phase of a very aggressive plan to ensure affordability," City Council President Darrell Clarke said.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
From his second-floor window Monday afternoon, Vincent Ean eyed the vacant lot across North 16th Street. Men in suits circled a white tent. Ean snapped a photo with his smartphone and sent it to his fiancee. Last October, they bought their condo in Francisville for $262,500. He works in marketing and telecommutes for a company in New York. Progress in Francisville, he said, is apparent on a week-to-week basis. "It's growing," Ean said. "There are so many other neighborhoods in Philly.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five days after Christmas, Tommy Joshua received an e-mail from a Philadelphia Housing Authority official that threatened to bulldoze the preceding three years of his life. The agency would be testing soil on land it owned in Sharswood, a neighborhood defined by its two 18-story project towers and the expanse of vacant land that surrounds them. Joshua put on his boots. With a dozen neighbors Jan. 6, he walked five blocks to prevent the PHA from digging into its own property at 24th and Bolton Streets, once an eyesore and now something promising, named North Philly Peace Park.
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