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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...
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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.
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.
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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.
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
April 6, 2011 | By ANTHONY CAMPISI
THE PROBLEM: Truman Gilbert is part of what's going right in Francisville. He's sinking tens of thousands of dollars into an old shell he bought two years ago on Girard Avenue near 20th Street - putting in new hardwood floors and installing a new kitchen and bathroom. But behind his rowhouse, on College Avenue, there's a house in much worse shape. Actually, calling the structure a "house" might be a stretch. The back half has collapsed, exposing what remains to the elements. Even more worrisome, one of the two lingering retaining walls is just one brick wide, and has a large hole near its base.
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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.
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...
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October 14, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
DRIVING your car in Center City on a weeknight. Fairly safe situation, right? Not for a Fairmount couple who police say were attacked by a small group of rampaging punks on bicycles at 18th and Lombard streets. Cops say the driver and his wife, both 31, were stopped at a red light at 8:34 p.m. Thursday when the kids pulled up on bikes in front of the vehicle. One opened the passenger door and tried to pull the woman out. When her husband started to back up, the kids hurled rocks, causing him to strike parked vehicles, according to police.
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October 13, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 16-year-old and two 12-year-olds have been charged in connection with two assaults that took place Thursday night in Southwest Center City and Francisville - one of which left a man with a fractured jaw, police said. At 8:34 p.m. at 18th and Lombard Streets, a group of boys stopped their bikes in front of a car driven by a couple from Fairmount who were waiting at a red light, police said. Police said one of the boys opened the car's passenger door and another tried to pull the woman in the passenger seat out of the car. When the driver shifted into reverse and pulled away, the boys began throwing rocks at the car, police said.
REAL_ESTATE
September 15, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's in a name? For developer Chad Ludeman, quite a lot. His projects include Awesometown in Fishtown, Duplexcellence in South Kensington, and Folsom Powerhouse in Francisville. And now, Pop! - two cork-clad and -insulated houses that feature purifying air-filtration systems and green roofs. Postgreen Homes, founded by Ludeman and run by him, wife Courtney, and partner Nic Darling, is anything but an ordinary development company. And quite a few buyers, it turns out, are sold on those distinctive names.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - Taney Dragons player Joe Richardson Jr. said there's one ritual he will perform before stepping onto the field for the team's first game in the Little League World Series today: He must eat a bag of Skittles. "I didn't know that was a ritual," his father, Joe Richardson Sr., of Francisville, said. "I just thought he wanted to eat candy. " As the first of the Taney Dragons players' families arrived at the Little League World Series complex in South Williamsport yesterday, they gathered around the batting cages and got their first look at their children in days.
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April 22, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SISTER MARY Scullion once spent a week on the streets with the homeless to learn what it was like to have to find food when she was hungry and a place to sleep at night. "I had to depend on the kindness of strangers," Sister Mary, of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, recalled last week. "I did ask people if they could spare a couple of dollars. And sometimes, when people would leave food that they were discarding, I would take that. " That experience in the '70s marked the beginning of her life's mission.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
SEVERAL thousand ex-offenders recently attended a city-sponsored job expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in pursuit of gainful employment, interview tips and advice on how to expunge their arrest record. Over 100 companies were there, including Peco, Wawa, Sam's Club and Radio Shack, as were several public officials, including William Hart, executive director of the city's Reintegration Services for Ex-offenders (RISE), offering words of encouragement to attendees. Many politicians seem to believe that the remedy to curing crime is to put more police on the streets, which may sound sensible to some, but in reality it cures nothing.
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July 18, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
JOHN JACKSON swept the sidewalk outside his house in the late-afternoon sun. A huge American flag hung out front, where a lethargic brown-and-white beagle sat inside a fenced-off driveway and front yard filled with flowering trees and potted plants. Jackson lives on Brown Street near 19th, in what has become the increasingly "hot" real-estate market of Francisville. The neighborhood, for years predominantly African-American with some Latinos, has a growing number of newcomers, many of them white and Asian professionals, residents say. Newer three-story houses tower over one-story homes built in the 1980s by the Philadelphia Housing Authority and bought by mostly black teachers, bank employees and government workers.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
THE SCORE SO FAR: One African-American 2-year-old is stuck in foster care while two African-American male social workers are fired after recommending the child be adopted by a qualified white couple with peerless credentials who are now heartbroken. Lose, lose, lose. "I would never go through this process again," says the prospective mom, Angela. The Daily News is withholding her and her husband's last names to protect the identity of the child, known as Child X. Angela and her husband, Andrew, believe they were racially profiled and have filed a complaint with the state Department of Public Welfare.
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