It all started with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC). I attended all of the meetings last year during the planning process for the Lower Northeast District Plan, a component of Philadelphia2035. The first thing I noticed was that Ian Litwin, the head planner, was actually saying good things about Frankford. The emphasis was on the strengths of the community and seeing Frankford through new eyes gave me hope that something might come of it.
After the plan was adopted, an application was made to Artplace for a grant to begin implementing some of the concepts. The grant came through and we are now about to see some results. Destination Frankford will create a vibrant public space in Womrath Park, artfully designed signage and street furniture, a storefront dedicated to local artists, and an arts-focused marketing campaign.
The project will increase exposure to Frankford’s growing arts scene, add vibrancy to Frankford’s commercial corridor, and attract new artists, businesses, and residents to Frankford.
It sound ambitious and it is but remarkably it is a reality. We are proud to be partners in this project and will be working on stories that highlight the arts, artists and artisans in Frankford.
You can read all about it on the Destination Frankford web site at this link.