GILBERT’S SHOES, Francisville, Philadelphia

by Kevin Walsh

Francisville is a small neighborhood north of downtown Philadelphia. Like Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, the neighborhood doesn’t conform to Philly’s overall street grid due to its status as a small town along Ridge Avenue that was later absorbed by the city proper.

Gentrification has yet to encroach on Francisville, so there are a couple of classic signs abroad demarking businesses that have been deceased for a few years, such as this one on Ridge near Wylie.


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