The PhillyRising Frankford site is located in the core of the greater Frankford neighborhood. It also correlated to the highest concentrations of crime, drug activity, vacant businesses and empty lots in the area. PhillyRising began operations in Frankford on April 13, 2011. Since the initial kickoff meeting PhillyRising has partnered with a large and diverse group of neighborhood stakeholders to resolve issues ranging from a lack of youth programming to neighborhood internet access. The PhillyRising Team is excited about the progress which has already been made and looks forward to continue working with the community partners.
The PhillyRising Lawncrest site is located on the western side of the greater Lawncrest neighborhood. This section of Lawncrest is very diverse, with residents reporting African American, Asian, and Latino or Hispanic heritage at rates above average when compared to the City as a whole. The population is also very young, with one-third of residents being under the age of 18. Unfortunately, this section of Lawncrest is also correlated to the highest concentrations of crime, drug activity, vacant businesses and empty lots in the area. PhillyRising has attended community meetings and conducted in-depth discussions with residents, community leaders, educators, and local clergy in Lawncrest since late 2011. This set the groundwork for a kickoff meeting on March 15, 2012 and a community visioning meeting on April 12, 2012 which were attended by over fifty neighborhood residents.