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Phillies Phever Decorating Contest

frankford-ave-at-salvation-armyFrankford Main Street, a division of the Frankford Community Development Corporation, is hosting a Phillies Phever Decorating Contest for all Main Street Businesses (4200-5200 blocks of Frankford Avenue) and all members of the Frankford Business and Professional Association. The contest is in celebration of the 2008 World Series Champions Home Opener on April 5, 2009 and all window displays must be completed by then. The business with the display that best demonstrates pride in the Philadelphia Phillies will receive a free full-size newspaper advertisement, and free Internet newspaper article as well as other promotional opportunities.

Frankford Main Street uses a five point approach to revitalize the commercial corridor which is defined as the 4200-5200 blocks of Frankford Avenue.The five point approach consists of: sustainable organization, physical improvements, community marketing, safe, clean and green, and economic restructuring. Frankford Main Street also offers Façade Improvement Grants to businesses within this district looking to revitalize their storefront.

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Frankford Business and Professional Association

Jon Campisi, of the Northeast Times, reports this week on the most recent meeting of the Frankford Business and Professional Association.  The subject of the revitalization of the business corridor was discussed extensively. 

The group discussed using ideas in a report by the Urban land Institure (Ten Principles for Rebuilding Neighborhood Retail) as a starting point.  While it may seem like we have been down this road before, this is a new group of people very focussed on success.  Do not fall into that old comfortable cynicism that makes it easier to sit back and do nothing. 

Read the entire article from the Northeast Times here and also the report by the Urban Land Institute here.