North 5th Street Revitalization Project
Barbara Bishop started the North 5th Street Revitalization Project in 2008. Barbara is from the neighborhood and realized that it was declining. She, herself, was a small business owner in Olney, so she wanted to step in and help where she could. So, she decided to apply for a grant through Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce to get assistance for small businesses in the area. Barbara was granted the funding and have been helping the community ever since.
North 5th Street has 340+ unique businesses and restaurants. The area that North 5th Street Revitalization Project covers spans 15 blocks across North Philadelphia, around 1.5 miles. N5SRP’s tagline is “Global is local.” They use this tagline because they are proud of Olney’s diversity. In fact, Olney is the most linguistically diverse section in the city of Philadelphia.
N5SRP’s mission is to manage, promote, and revitalize North 5th Street. The North 5th team takes price in being extremely community-based. The work the project does is driven by the ideas and the concerns of the community.
Stephanie, director of N5SPR, is originally from New York. She moved to Olney when she was 13 years old and fell in love with the area. Stephanie always knew deep down that she wanted to go into the nonprofit world. She worked as a kindergarten teacher before she decided to apply for a Americorps Vista position with the North 5th Street Revitalization Project. She got the position and has been with the company for seven years now.
Another way N5SRP serves their community is through events.
Some upcoming events include Food Tours throughout Olney. During this tour, you get to sample different foods from surrounding restaurants. The restaurant owners make small plate portions so that you have enough room to try all of the tasty dishes! Whether you’re an Olney local or a visitor, this tour has something for everyone. The next tour is on May 18th. Visit their events page for more information.