Well that was fun…
By the numbers:
- Approximately 4000 posts
- 2000+ users
- Almost 9 million impressions
- Clearly people like the Mummers, beer, biking and food
To see a continuous feed of all things #whyilovephilly on Twitter and Instagram, check out the official website at www.whyilovephilly.com or the stream below.
Favorite Place: Where do I start? Today, the Singing Fountain.
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk
Address: Passyunk Ave and 11th St
I am: A UPenn administrator
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: East Passyunk
Favorite Spot: Graffiti Pier
Neighborhood: Port Richmond
I am: A writer and editor
Years in Philly: Born and raised
Current Home: Cedar Park
Favorite Spot: Mutter Museum
Neighborhood: Logan Square
Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
I am: A realtor doing my best to sell people on staying in Philly forever
Years in Philly: 23 (minus 4 years of college)
Current Home: Northern Liberties
Favorite Place: Philadelphia, all of it
I am: The communications manager at the Delaware River Waterfront Corp, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker, and a little lost.
Years in Philly: 31 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly
Favorite Spot: Laurel Hill Cemetery
Neighborhood: East Falls. 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132.
I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.
It’s that time of year again. No, not Valentine’s Day, but #whyilovephilly Day!!
The mission is simple: To show Philly some love. Last year, thousands of organizations and individuals participated in the #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, causing the hashtag to trend locally and nationally throughout the day. This year, the #whyilovephilly website (www.whyilovephilly.com) is live, and will serve as the hub for Instagram and Twitter feeds. Please join us again this year.
How you can participate: On Valentines Day, tweet about why you love philly, using #whyilovephilly. Ask your followers to do the same. Retweet some of your favorite responses. It’s that easy.
Who else is involved: We’ve got a bunch of organizations all ready to spread the word. They include, but are not limited to the Young Involved Philly, the Bike Coalition, Visit Philadelphia, Geekadelphia, Yelp Philly, Eyes on the Street, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Old City District, and many, many more.
(we want Twitter to look like this all day)
Last March, I published a love note from George Matysik and Doug Moak to Pete’s Clown House in the Frankford/Juniata section of Philly (I’m not choosing one, as tensions about neighborhood boundaries run way too high up there). Though George and Doug couldn’t make it that day, I asked around on Twitter and managed to round up three friends for a breakfast feast. And I do mean feast. We had four He-Man platters, which basically means we had everything, all for about six bucks each. To this day, Pete’s Clown House remains one of those gems that I take friends to who’ve had it with the lines at Sabrina’s or Honey’s.
To my surprise, after publishing the note, I got some emails from some of the descendants of the owners. As far as I can piece together, Sam McKay opened up a restaurant there called Chatterbox in the 50s. He and his family lived above the store (as people continue to do today). In the 60s, the store changed hands to Pete, his wife Helen, and their 3 daughters. Pete’s loyal customers knew his love for clowns, and gave him pictures to decorate with. Today, a neon clown sign hangs in the main dining area. Ronnie (a long time employee) took ownership of the restaurant after Pete, and the legacy lives on at 3878 Frankford Avenue. Read more
Favorite Spot: Belmont Plateau
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park, West Philly
Address: Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, Pa 19131
I am: A drummer from West Philadelphia with a passion for photographing Philadelphia’s architecture and raising awareness of the area’s importance through Instagram (@cbeatz852).
Years in Philly: I’ve spent all my life in Philly. 28 years to be exact.
Current Home: I currently live on the border of West Philly, in Upper Darby.
Favorite Spot: Painted Bride Art Center
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
I am: Maryland native musician turned ice cream maker
Years in Philly: 13
Current Home: South Philly